Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said that the country is now more divided than it has ever been under the current administration.
Soyinka in a statement signed from his Residence of Ijegba, Idi-Aba Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday titled, “Between ‘Dividers-in-chief’ and Dividers-in-law,” said that though he is not a fan of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, he embraces any accurate reading of the nation as a contraption teetering on the edge of total collapse.
Obasanjo had recently said the country was slowly becoming a failed state and more divided under the present administration but the presidency reacted to the comment by describing the ex-president as the ‘Divider-in-chief.”
Soyinka reminded that on Africa Day, May 2019, organised by the United Bank of Africa, he similarly seized an opening to direct the attention of the current government to warnings by the ‘Otta farmer’ over the self-destruct turn that the nation had taken, urging the wisdom of heeding the message, even while remaining wary of the messenger.
He said that advice seems to have fallen on deaf ears and in place of reasoned response and openness to some serious dialogue, what this nation has been obliged to endure has been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaries, apologists and sectarian opportunists.