Nigeria is on the brink of collapse, and might descend into a civil if the growing insecurity in the country is not arrested, The Nation newspaper is quoting Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, as warning Thursday in Lagos.
The paper also quoted the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as having faulted the Federal Government’s handling of the Boko Haram crisis and suggested “a carrot and stick approach”.
On his own, according to the report, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, faulted the current political arrangement, where people without known pedigrees find their way into public offices. He suggested a review to enthrone the best.
President Goodluck Jonathan appears to be treating the threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Let’s face it. This nation is on the brink. There are those who don’t understand this, who won’t accept this. I feel very sorry that they will wake up and find out that we have fallen over the brink. It is not what we envisaged during our struggle for independence,” Mr. Soyinka said.
“It is not what we envisaged when we struggled to overthrow dictatorship and install the rights and dignity of human beings and citizens in the society. But, whether we like it or not, it has come upon us.
“My problem with the government right now, especially the President of this nation, is that he doesn’t seem to realise it.
“He has not taken the people of this nation into confidence. By now, it is my belief that the President should be addressing the nation – and in great details – explaining why, if he agrees, that this nation is at war and that certain things have to be done to ensure that we pull back from this second round of what is moving towards a civil war. That, of course, is if he and his government accept this.
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