Wole Soyinka insisted that the carelessness and negligence of the Buhari’s administration has led to the death of many Nigerians.
Soyinka stated this at his residence in Ijegba, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital while playing a host to 85 pupils drawn from all the six-geopolitical zones of the country to mark his 85 birthday. He said:
“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,” Soyinka said.
“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.
“Look at what is happening today, how is it possible for me to say for instance that I am pro of this government, it is been negligent, look at what is happening with the cattle all over the place. That is a security issue which should never have reached this level.
“I am sure that carelessness and single act which has resulted in hundreds of people been killed in massacre, in their farms and their farms taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government.
“It is an issue that is so serious and which concern the welfare of you and me that any carelessness or any failure there is totally unforgivable and unpardonable.
“It is not that one like to criticize for the sake of criticizing, NO!, it is just that we believe that there is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be consider a true representative of the people”.
Soyinka further stressed that the problems of the country have overwhelmed the president, adding that the problems cannot be solved by the present government.
He also urged the president to call for national dialogue among all the people across party lines so as to engage in partisan government that would benefit the general public.