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What does Soyinka say about Nigeria's sovereignty?

Wole Soyinka is the person whose competent opinion plays a vital role for Nigerians. Do you want to know what he has recently said about Nigeria's sovereignty? And what are the Nobel laureate thoughts about police reform? Then continue reading the article to find out more information.

Wole Soyinka

The renowned Nigerian writer, poet and playwright Wole Soyinka has recently expressed his opinion about Nigeria's sovereignty. These thoughts of the youngest Nobel laureate in literature are important not only for all Nigerians, but also for the entire African community as a whole. In particular, he has lately declared that the sovereignty of his native country should be open to discussion.

About decentralization

According to Wole Soyinka, Nigeria`s decentralization would undoubtedly guarantee strong competition amongst its component units. The writer is sure that preceding administrations` declarations about Nigeria’s sovereignty were not serious enough. The previous approach just does not meet all the needs of present times.

Wole Soyinka

Soyinka also stated that he understood neither Olusegun Obasanjo nor President Buhari’s view that Nigeria`s sovereignty was a fixed decision.  

The Nobel laureate is convinced that Nigeria must not carry a centralization policy, which gives confidence to “monkey mentality”. Doctor Wole Soyinka also added that a centralization policy must be stopped as quickly as possible, because it leads to proliferation of states in the period of military era.

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About police

According to Soyinka quotes, time has already come for Nigerian administration to institute state police that will control the increasing safety challenges in the country. He also stressed that, if police was localized, it would be much more successful. Soyinka proposed to follow British example.

“When I was in England, I saw a couple of policemen, who were just walking along the streets without any guns. They were simply observing the territory. Therefore, our local Nigeria police would be more well-organized if police officers worked within a small community. In this case, policemen virtually know everybody, and, thus, the crime level would undoubtedly be lessened. Unfortunately, our present centralized police system does not have such an advantage”, Soyinka added sadly.  

The Nobel laureat Wole Soyinka

About ranches

Wole Soyinka denied the suggestion to create reserves for herdsmen in Nigeria. He was sure that government must issue a law that would allow creating ranches which people could visit any time and buy goats and cows there. According to Nobel laureate the presence of such ranches, no matter where they would be built, would undoubtedly make easier life of ordinary people.  

Wole Soyinka

Doctor Soyinka also called on Buhari to think about 2014 National Conference report assembled during ex-President Jonathan, when Nigeria moved round in circles with no definite course. “Our rulers have quite a bad habit to pack off important things to do to the dust shelves. And every new president repeats all mistakes of the previous one. It must not continue any longer”, Wole Soyinka summed it up. He also added that president Buhari should think about all these issues very seriously.

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