Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Wednesday said that the deference of Nigerians was responsible for the impunity among the political class.
This is as the renowned Kenyan born good governance activist has lamented that Nigeria and indeed the African countries reward corrupt leaders with re-election.
“Cordon and search operation is going to arrest fleeing suspects with gunshot wounds. Meanwhile, members of the public with useful information about the whereabouts of these suspects are advised to quickly inform the police for necessary action please,” Anene said.
They spoke at the 24th edition of the Wole Soyinka Lecture Series organized by the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) held via zoom with the theme National Conference Against Impunity.
In his remarks, Professor Soyinka said every Nigerian should take responsibility for allowing impunity thrive in the country, adding that the country was paying for not being able to protest and denounce impunity in the country.
The Nobel Laureate, who noted that all the dire events that have overtaken and overwhelm Nigeria were traceable to impunity, pointed out that the topic was timely considering that it was instructive for Nigerians and that it was not late to reverse the trend.
According to Soyinka, “I would probably expect that from different perspectives in terms of timing, there might be disagreement I am absolute certain that we would agree that one of the major reasons for the dilemma we are undergoing in this country right now is that we permitted, we nurtured, we even encouraged either by actions or inactions, the mindset of impunity both in leadership and among the people.
“We ourselves are equally guilty. We ourselves allowed it. We watched it happened. We didn’t take to the streets to protest it, to denounce it, to warn of the consequences. Oh yes there were warnings here and there but they were not concerted and structured. So it is not too late to reverse the trend. But at least we must first begin a frank, honest and objective dialogue.”
The keynote speaker, Prof Patrick Lumunba in his paper stated that the issue of impunity was not peculiar to Nigeria alone but permeates the African continent.
He lamented that rather than be enraged by impunity, Nigerians and Africans “have rewarded corrupt leaders with re-election.”
He said, “It is pertinent to ask why Nigeria which had such great promise continues to wallow in the lower rungs of human development. Why are Africans and Nigerians silent in the face of impunity? Why in the words of Wole Soyinka has the man in us died?”
He further said that people should hold themselves responsible for refusing to act and being part of the misfortune that has befallen the country, adding, “Despite the impunity by our public office holders, by some miracle, we are not enraged! It would also seem that we have lost the gift of disgust. Why is this so, who cursed us?
“We are the co-authors of our own misfortune because we have lost our values and now resort to religion. We now choose to apply faith instead of logic, elevating the principle of ‘Donothingnism’. We have created leaders who have arrogated themselves the monopoly of wisdom and the country is now run in a narrow and primordial fashion.”
Lumumba, however, said in the midst of the gloom, the people must remain hopeful and ensure impunity does not triumph by holding leaders accountable.
Also speaking the Ombudsman, ThisDay/Arise News TV Media Group, Mr Kayode Komolafe noted that impunity in socio-economic policies is pervasive.
Komolafe, who corroborated Soyinka that impunity thrives because it is permitted and that there is a class narration to the issue of impunity.
The former Deputy Managing Director of ThisDay regretted that Nigerians have not made accountability the bedrock of democracy in the country which allows leaders not be asked questions, stressing that country’s system reinforces impunity.
Other speakers, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, Ms Cynthia Mbamalu and Prof Pat Utomi advocated for concerted efforts from the people to end impunity.
Kano State: Ganduje to Establish Mega Schools on Illegal Lands
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has began the establish Mega Schools on Illegal lands in Kano state, metropolitan area amid mass abduction of schoolchildren by bandits in Nigeria.
The Kano governor Ganduje has began the revocation of properties not properly documented and those illegally owned within the Kano state metropolitan area to establish mega secondary schools.
Kano state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, made this known in a statement in Kano.
“In view of the recent prevailing security challenges, coupled with the congestion of schools on the outskirts of the city, Kano state government has commenced revocation of illegally acquired or not properly documented properties and structures within the metropolitan area for the establishment mega secondary schools,” said the statement.
The Kano state government explained that it took the step to decongest boarding schools in Kano, following abductions of students from boarding schools in neighbouring states.
According to the statement, the Kano government has begin reviewing the security situation to counter bandits.
A property located at Filin Bola, along Court Road in Tarauni local government, was seized by the Kano government without a building permit.
“The government confiscated it and will establish such school on it,” said the information commissioner.
He revealed that the government would also confiscate properties developed in areas not earmarked for them.
Mr Garba added that the government was also currently “looking into cases of land approvals for residential purposes, but converted to shops or commercial plots that are now turned to residential buildings and vice versa.”
Live Update: Remo 1-1 Insurance FC in NNL Super8
The live Update of Remo Stars FC Vs Bendel Insurance FC, as it is the match is currently at halftime and both teams have settled for 1-1 draw.
Imade Osarenkhoe, Bendel Insurance FC striker once again justifies his inclusion in the starting 11 by giving his side the lead after he advanced into the box to poke home the opener in the midst of a the crowded box. In getting the equaliser, Nduka Junior rose head home from his team’s free kick to level things up for the Soname boys.
It’s been a tough one so far in the first half, with both side playing with determination to end the game on positive end
Bendel Insurance 1-1 Remo Stars in the Nigeria National League (NNL)
Igbo are in Charge of Economy in Nigeria – President Buhari
President Buhari has stated that the Igbo are in charge of economy in Nigeria, this was made known via his verified Facebook page while thanking Imo state for their warm reception they gave him during his commissioning visit.
In his words he wrote: I thank the Government and people of Imo State for the very warm reception accorded me during my visit yesterday. It was a pleasure to visit Imo State and to be hosted by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
I was pleased to see and commission his impactful infrastructure projects, and to note that he is giving infrastructure the same kind of priority that we are giving it at the Federal level.
I firmly believe that when you get infrastructure right, Nigerians will mind their own businesses. And the Igbos will especially benefit from this ongoing infrastructure revolution, because, as a group, they are truly the most enterprising.
There is no town you will visit in Nigeria without seeing the Igbos being in-charge of economic activities. The evidence is there for everyone to see, that Igbos are in charge of Nigeria’s economy.
It is therefore unthinkable for me that any Igbo man would consider himself not to be a part of Nigeria.
Let me again say that I was very pleased with what I saw in Imo State, and I would like to assure that I will support Imo State and the entire region within the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Federal Government will complete all ongoing key projects in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge, and other major highways, as well as the railway lines and routes linking the region with other parts of the country.
This have however spark several reactions on social media with some in support of some of his words while others are against it.