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Nigeria: I’m Notoriously No Fan of Obasanjo, but Nigeria More Divided Than Ever – Soyinka

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Professor Wole Soyinka has uncharacteristically backed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement on Nigeria slowly becoming a failed state.

Soyinka expressed that Obasanjo’s warning apparently fell on deaf ears with the Presidency’s reaction, stating that Nigeria “has been obliged to endure has been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaries, apologists and sectarian opportunists.”

The Nobel Laureate firmly pointed out that though he “notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo,” stating the “former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reason to change my stance on his record.

“I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reason to change my stance on his record.

“Nonetheless, I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse.

“We are close to extinction as viable comity of peoples, supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co-habitation, capable of producing its own means of existence, and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate.

“That advice appears to have fallen on deaf ears. 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.”