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Soyinka backs Obasanjo, says Nigeria drifting into total collapse

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Elder statesman and playwright , Prof Wole Soyinka , has said the country is more divided as never before under the current regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd ) .
Soyinka , in a statement signed from his Autonomous Residence of Ijegba , Idi – Aba Estate , Abeokuta , Ogun State, on Tuesday titled, “ Between ‘Dividers – in – chief’ and Dividers – in – law , ” said though not a fan of ex -President Olusegun Obasanjo , he embraced the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of the country.
Obasanjo last week said the country was slowly becoming a failed state and more divided under the Buhari regime . But the Presidency reacted to the comment by describing the ex – president as a ‘Divider – in -chief. ”
But on Tuesday , Soyinka stated, said , “ I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo , General , twice former president and co -architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria . I have no reasons to change my stance on his record. Nonetheless , I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source , as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse . We are close to extinction as a viable comity of peoples , supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co- habitation , capable of producing its own means of existence, and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate. ”
The Nobel laureate stated that in May he called the attention of the current government to the “ self- destruct ” turn that the nation had taken .
He said , “ That advice appears to have fallen on deaf ears . In place of reasoned response and openness to some serious dialogue, what this nation has been obliged to endure have been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaries , apologists and sectarian opportunists .
Backing Obasanjo , the playwright said , “ We are close to extinction as a viable comity of peoples , supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co- habitation , capable of producing its own means of existence, and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate .
“ Nigeria is a suppurating slaughter slab , and it boggles the mind that supposedly wise and lettered men , sheltering under any religious mandate , would go into a solemn huddle to ‘ legitimately ’ augment the toll of mindless killings that now plague the land.
“ The nation is divided as never before, and this ripping division has taken place under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari – does that claim belong in the realms of speculation ?
“ Does anyone deny that it was this President who went to sleep while communities were consistently ravaged by cattle marauders , were raped and displaced in their thousands and turned into beggars all over the landscape? Was it a different President who, on being finally persuaded to visit a scene of carnage , had nothing more authoritative to offer than to advise the traumatised victims to learn to live peacefully with their violators?
“ Across this nation , there is profound distrust , indeed abandonment of hope in this government as one that is genuinely committed to the survival of the nation as one , or indeed understands the minimal requirements for positioning it as a modern , functional space of productive occupancy .
“ Are pensioners still considered human , deserving the rewards of labour without further labour? Many collapse from that extended labour of recovering routine entitlements.
“ Even routine access to that basic human requirement – food – is now under question, as farmers are chased off their farms in large numbers . Instead of timely action – urged stridently by beleaguered governors and of course by ‘professional agitators ’ – appeasement of the violent food saboteurs was the preferred route to food security – operating under fancy names like RUGA. ”
The playwright wondered how graduates and young school leavers would thus be persuaded to try farming instead of flooding urban centres looking for non – existent white -collar positions ?
He noted , “ To get killed and dismembered ? And what is the score within those much -coveted urban precincts? Lop – sided appointments to crucial positions in civil service and parastatals ! Consider the prime economic cash cow–petroleum – exposed a few months ago as a reeking cesspit of nepotism . Who is the Minister of Petroleum under whose watch such an unprecedented contempt for geographical parity – uncontroverted till today – became entrenched ? That happens to be none other than the nation ’ s President – and he did make a show of astonishment at the gross disparities, promised to subject the anomaly to immediate enquiry . May one ask what action has been taken to rectify that presumably “ nation – unifying ” compilation? , ,
“ It all casts a long , unedifying shadow backwards to those days of agitation by Tai Solarin and the mercuric engineer , Awojobi when the same Buhari took forceful charge of that ministry , promised to get to the root of the flying charges – anyone still recall the saga of the missing millions? He made a beeline for the home of a prominent political leader and carted away loads of files in his illegal possession . In vain the nation awaited enlightenment – Nothing!”
Saying inequity reigned and solutions trivialised, Soyinka stated that several times voices were raised to urge the dismantling of a crude , militarised centralist contraption – repeatedly exposed in illegalities – and substitute with a more efficient governance system , decentralised , providing broader access to opportunities.
The elder statesman noted, “ All such efforts are turned into opportunities for legislative junketing and budget padding . Legislators watch with indifference in this day of human advance , as individuals are sentenced to hang for expressing their views on the relative apprehension of religious avatars, not a squeak emerge from such lawgivers .”
Nobel laureate urges rerun ex -Ambassador ’s interview on plot to Islamise Nigeria
Explaining plots against the country by some powerful Nigerians, Soyinka cited revelations made by a former Ambassador , Bola Dada, in an interview few years ago .
He stated, “ Archives remain ever obliging . They avail us vivid material to decide whether or not a sinister script is being acted out today with copious libations from Nigerian blood . I think , in public interest ,should re – run that interview, most especially in view of recent claims by a columnist in The Nation – Femi Abbas September 4 — regarding how and by whom Nigeria was corralled into the OIC ( Organisation of Islamic Countries) .”
In his interview on April 12, 2014, Dada said he was chased out of Sudan when he raised the alarm about Boko Haram .
He stated , “ There was a covenant between Sudan and Libya to destabilise Nigeria to promote Islamisation . So, what is happening to President Goodluck Jonathan now may have something to do with that pact . They call it Afikaya . ”|
Also on Tuesday , the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives , Mr Toby Okechukwu, advised the Presiden to take the advice Obasanjo and not attack the ex -President .
Okechukwu, in a statement issued on Tuesday , urged the Presidency to take the issues recently raised by Obasanjo seriously , saying it was wrong and unwise to discard both the message and messenger .
Also , the President of the Middle Belt Forum , Dr. Pogu Bitrus , in an interview with the , supported Soyinka and Obasanjo.
He said , “ The statement by the elder statesmen is correct . The President needs to heed to the wise counsel of General Obasanjo in order to save the country from total collapse as anarchy looms . God save Nigeria .”
Presidency may abuse Soyinka – Afenifere
On his part , the spokesman for the pan -Yoruba group , Afenifere , Yinka Odumakin , said , “ The great teacher ( Soyinka ) has come to give a lecture on nation building . It is only doubtful if these pupils are ready or teachable .
“ We will not be surprised if they resort to abusing the great professor the way Garba Shehu did some weeks back that he is just a playwright .”
The apex Igbo socio – cultural organization , Ohanaeze Ndigbo , said nobody should insult Obasanjo for saying the truth .
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze , Chief Chuks Ibegbu , who spoke to one of our correspondents stated, “ Nobody should in

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Nigeria At 60 : We Have Cracks That May Break Us – Osinbajo

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The Vice Pesident, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that Nigeria could be heading for a break up if urgent actions are not taken, collectively, to address the identified cracks that could quicken such break-up.
Osinbajo said on Sunday in Abuja at the 60th Independence Anniversary interdenominational church service held at National Ecumenical Centre, themed “Come, let us rebuild…” that, though, the task of mending the cracks could face severe opposition, it can only be achieved by consistent focus and prayers by Nigerians who desire more peaceful and prosperous nation.
The Vice President, who was represented by the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made reference to the story of Nehemiah in the Bible, and his role in rebuilding the broken-down walls of Jerusalem.
The Vice President urged Nigerians to study the story of Nehemiah and replicate same in Nigeria for a better country.
“The story should be a challenge to every Christian in Nigeria who is desirous of following the part of Christian way of life. It is only that kind of Nehemiah’s love that will make us as Nigerians to rebuild the cracks we have in our walls (Nigeria) today.
“For us in Nigeria, Nehemiah should be taken as a metaphor for that Nigerians who either reside in Nigeria or outside, to cry to God to use the abandoned opportunities in Nigeria to address our challenges of nation building.
“Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to break if not properly addressed. Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the Face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls. Because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.
“There’s urgent need for Nehemiah in our country, Nigeria, today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desire to rebuild Nigeria must also be ready to face stiffer opposition which will come in torrents. It can only be diffused by consistent focus and prayers,” Osinbajo said.
He, however, expressed optimism that the 60th independence anniversary could herald a rebirth of Nigerian as a nation, and that no group is more prepared for this task than the religious bodies.
He, therefore charged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to provide quality leadership to its faithful and guide them in making Nigeria a great country that it has been destined to be.
On his part, the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, stressed the need for justice which, he said, will birth peace, tolerance and love.
“A nation that is religiously plural like ours require love in practice so as to co-exist without fighting one another. What is sane in using the name of God or hide under the cloak of religion to kill a fellow human? If God wants all of us to be of one ethnicity, race or religion doesn’t he have the power to do it? Why do we want to play God and wickedly terminate the lives of others in account of religion?
“Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and material resources located in different parts of this country. This underscores the indispensability of all the regions and ethnic groups. For us all to be on the same page, have sense of belonging and be happy, the doctrine of equality, that is equal access to employment, governance and education, must be available to all.
“We need true religiosity in Nigeria to reposition Nigeria and overcome our corrupt way of living which has almost become the norm to our shame. The principle of inclusivity must be adopted. Nobody or region must be excluded from the scheme of things in Nigeria,” Ayokunle said.

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“Who Is IPOB To Tell People To Sit At Home ?” – Umahi Fires At Kanu

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“Who Is IPOB To Tell People To Sit At Home?” – Umahi Blows Hot, Fires Nnamdi Kanu
The Ebonyi State Government under the leadership of Governor David Nweze Umahi, on Saturday, lambasted the Indigenous People Of Biafra and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu over call to sit-at-home on 1st October, 2020.
Speaking in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, the
Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Emegha urged people of the state to ignore the directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra, and go about their normal activities on October 1.
According to the state government, IPOB lacked the capacity to tell anyone to sit at home.
He said, “Who is IPOB to tell people to sit at home. That is the height of craziness on their side. They talk to people as if they are things.
“How can you tell people who have a family to sit at home, to do what? Will you come and put food on their table?
“In the first place, we don’t even know if there is anything like IPOB existing in the state. People should disregard the said statement and go about their normal businesses on that day.
He said the proscribed group did not have the right to tell people to sit at home.
“People have fundamental human rights of movement, if you try to restrict their rights to move about and transact their lawful business activities you are crossing the red line.
“If anyone tries to force people to sit at home, the Police will not fail to deal decisively with such persons.”
IPOB, had in a statement, ordered Biafran agitators and the Igbo to stay at home, on October 1.

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Bashir Ahmad Denies Using Presidential Jet For His Wedding

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Bashir Ahmad, the personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to claims of him using one of the presidential jet for his wedding.
Mr Ahmad was pictured standing with some persons at the Umaru Musa Yaradua airport in Katsina with the aircraft as it’s background.
This drew criticism to his principal whose daughter, Hanan, had earlier in the year, flew one of the aircrafts in the presidential fleet for her private study.
Dismissing the claim that he flew the Nigeria Airforce Carrier for his wedding, the presidential aide said the jet had the president’s representatives as occupants.
He explained that he travelled by road and will again use the medium when returning to his base at the nation’s capital.
“Bashir Ahmad and his friends traveled to Katsina on Thursday by road, proceeded to Kano after the wedding on Friday and they will leave Kano for Abuja by road after the events,” Mr Ahmad said in a Saturday tweet.
“This was when I led my friends to receive President @MBuhari’s representatives at the airport,” he clarified.

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