By Damilola Adeyemo
ABEOKUTA – Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laurate, has reacted to the recent abduction of 300 school girls in Zamfara, the literature professor said such abductions were unacceptable and “drastic, meaningful measures” must be taken in unison.
In a statement, Soyinka said “The abductions of our children, when will it end, how will it end? I don’t think anyone of us can tell,” he said. “But it is important that we continue to stress and to remind ourselves that, not only are these abnormal times, but it seems to be, to me anyway, times of the shirking of responsibility in very key areas.
“We cannot permit ourselves – we just cannot – continue in this fashion. Something drastic, meaningful has to take place, and it has to be collective.
“This is no longer the responsibility of those at the top (who are ) supposed to be in charge of security, in charge of governance; they have clearly failed the populace. They’ve failed us. There is no point in trying to reason it out, to find excuses, to lay blame.
“The important thing is that we are very close to accepting a culture of the unacceptable
“I think we are reaching the point where, in any state, where any child is kidnapped, that state should shut down completely. And other states, in solidarity, should at least shut down some of their activities.
“We shouldn’t wait for an enemy, faceless, airborne, unpredictable enemy like Covid to make us shut down.
“In protest and as a statement of the unacceptable, we are shutting ourselves down until this situation is resolved.”
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March 6, 2021 at 10:23 pm
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