Buhari Is In A Trance, Says Soyinka, As Tinubu Tells Obasanjo, Babangida Join Retirees’ Club
Being entitled to my opinions, knowing it is a free world not violating the freedom of speech and free thinking. I much believe this coming from Tinubu is truely a fact APC has no purpose and vision to better the nation, but power hungry to make Nigeria a one party system of government. I.e. a situation where democracy would go on extinct. And for Prof. Wole Soyinka who have realized his mistake, likewise Obasanjo and others. Why so many questions are pending to how President Buhari and APC would impact Nigeria, for becoming a responsible Government with focus and vision for her nation, especially if we consider their retrospective agenda in 2015 none is clearly achieved all on blames why things are tough! Rather how Nigerians live their lives are obviously deteriorating, if possible most Nigerians will beg the President to take the country to it previous state and quit power for someone much competent to lead the Nigeria actively, in democratic manner. If possibilities would be allowed in this administration. When APC Government took up office at national and states level in Nigeria, if we consider going into details presently nothing is actually lively in the state of the APC government. From the economic sector, to banking, oil, entrepreneurs are not equipped, and business policy are nothing to say about, powwer sector all has greatly deteriorate just in 3 years of something built for many years. So much issue the Government is not tackling, even if they talk about it, they are reluctant to act but according to Wole Soyinka, an opportunity to speak with President Muhammadu Buhari, would tell him: “Mr. President, I think you are under a trance.” The Nobel Laureate said this, yesterday, during a press conference titled: “Nomads and Nation: Valentine Card or Valedictory Rites” at Freedom Park, Lagos.
The sooner Buhari woke from the dream, the better for the nation, said Soyinka. Asked to explain the nature of the President s reverie, Soyinka pointed at the missteps of the current administration. “So many unforced errors. Take for instance the reinstatement of the fellow who was sacked from the National Health Insurance Scheme (suspended Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf). He was reinstated by the President. What is that about? What is going on? It is like a certain kind of alienation from reality is going on,” said Soyinka.
“If the inspector general of police can sit in Abuja and say that an event that is happening under the jurisdiction of a governor in another state is just a communal clash, when people are being slaughtered and their villages are being occupied, it shows complete alienation.
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“Then there is the authority of governors who have the ultimate authority for securit . It is the governor who is supposed to be the chief security officer. We are now back to authoritative voices saying that the police need to be decentralized. We have been saying it and others have been saying for a long time. We are now getting back to the commonsensical issue that the nation cannot function under a single police command. ”
The Minister of Defenc , Mansur Dan Ali, ought to be relieved of his position, and Nigerians must meet attacks by armed herdsmen with organised resistance, he said, describing the cattlemen as a new breed of Boko Haram and internal colonialists. Asked whether a state of anarchy was brewing, he replied: “I don’ t understand what you mean by anarchy. It is those who create the situation in the first place that are responsible for anarchy.”
He disclosed: “ The security units have the responsibility to look at highly placed people. We might end up discovering that some of these highly placed people have an interest in ensuring that there is chaos in the country, especially as elections are approaching.” He challenged the Federal Government to set a date when herdsmen would be disarmed. People have two lines of action when they sight armed herdsmen: “Report to the police, then disarm the herder,” he said.
Soyinka nevertheless commended the Buhari administration for progress made in stemming the activities of Boko Haram. On restructuring, he said: “The parameters for restructuring are already laid out, yet the question thrown at you is, ‘What do you mean by restructuring ?’ We must decentralise governance. The military came and distorted the internal relationship of the units that made up this country. They sit in one place and command all the resources as they wish. And anytime we talk about restructuring, you hear this gibberish about the sovereignty of Nigeria being compromised . ”
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, meanwhile, has urged former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida to refrain from undue criticisms of Buhari.
In an exclusive interview with select journalists, yesterday, Tinubu said : “I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions. They can participate in our politics if they are interested. It is a free world. But this freedom is not served à la carte. They should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian. ”
Tinubu, who expressed optimism on the chances of the APC in the 2019 elections, said: “We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute the election in a most transparent and democratic manner. And we will win.”