“Mr President, I Think You’re Under A Trance” – Soyinka To Buhari

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“Mr President, I Think You’re Under A Trance” – Soyinka To Buhari

Prominent Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said if he has the opportunity to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, he would tell the president that he feels he is under a trance.

The Revered playwright stated this at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday while reacting to a question on the three things he would tell the President if he meets him.

”I will say Mr. President you are in a trance,” he said.

He added that the sooner the President got out of the trance, the better for the nation.

Asked the form of trance the President was in, the Nobel laureate said:

“I don’t know. So many unforced errors. Take for instance the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, reinstated by the President.

“What is that about? What is going on? It is a certain kind of alienation from reality is going on.”

Prof. Soyinka had earlier told journalists during the interview that the phenomenon of attacks by armed herdsmen needs organised resistance by Nigerians. He further described the armed herdsmen as a new breed of Boko Haram and internal colonialists.

He said people have two lines of action to take when they sight armed herdsmen: “One, report to the police, then disarm the herder.”

Soyinka also disclosed that the attacks were “internally generated” and being launched to serve the interest of individuals who would benefit from instability in the nation.

“There is no illegal organised force that does not sooner or later spill off… as in the case of the escalation of herdsmen violence. Let’s just say there is a control center for it,” he said.

“Sooner or later, the opportunists get in from all angles. I have no doubt in my mind that maverick offshoots are taking advantage of the organised situation. It has been virtually admitted by some of the groups who come to the defence of these violent herdsmen.”



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