Posted on Sun 14 Jul 2019, 11:23 PM

Prof. Wole Soyinka, believes that Nigeria's problems are beyond the capacity of the federal government to solve, and stressed that the government has failed the citizens.

The Nobel Laureate as reported by Channels Television, made the statement while hosting a group of students on his 85th birthday celebration.

The playwright lamented that the violence caused by herdsmen, indiscriminate grazing of cattle and the destruction of farmlands are evidence of a clueless government Nigeria has presently. 

“The problems of this nation are beyond the solution that can be offered by this government, that’s the first admission; they have to stop thinking in partisan government.

“There has always been a major problem with successive governments. It’s easier on the state level to say that a particular state is definitely doing better than another state. But the central government has failed, that’s my view in the main.

“There is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be considered a true representative of the people.”

Prof Soyinka recommended that a National Conference be convened, adding that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government can only make an impact by thinking beyond partisan politics.

He called for a national summit to address some of the socio-economic and political challenges facing the country, saying that the current challenges are beyond the capacity of the government in power.

“They need to confront this nation as a habitation of human beings where very serious issues like economy, security, health, even threats of secession come up every day and convoke at the same time, a national conference, what I call an Indaba across all section which we will all meet and debate everything, including the economy of this nation," Prof Soyinka said.

 

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