Olusegun Ariyo

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has come down hard on President Mohammadu Buhari saying defeating Boko-Haram is not just sitting inside Aso-rock alone as he mentioned that sovereignty had been taken away by the terrorist, bandits and other criminal elements.

President Mohammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai has told Nigerians that insurgency will soon become a thing of the past.

In a separate report, the president assured Nigerians of his commitments towards ending the challenges the inhabitants of the northeast and others locations are facing, while promising that all will become history this year.., while lieutenant Gen Buratai said terrorism and banditry war, is on its verge of extinction.

But the noble Laureate had called for national Mobilization to combat the menace of insecurity bedevilling the country while pointing that president Buhari could not end insecurity challenges in the country while sitting down at Aso Rock.

Soyinka stated this on Saturday on Arise Television and that which was monitored by urban express News correspondent.

Soyinka said Nigeria has reached the “stage of desperation” and the government should be willing to “pay people to come and help us” in defence against Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, and other criminal elements.

 “There are those on whose shoulders must be placed the primary responsibility and that include some former Heads of State who refused to see the inevitability of what we are going through right now”.

“I am very glad that the northern elite is now speaking up, boldly and practically, (and are also) now taking measures which they should have taken years ago. They’ve moved beyond the unbelievable policies of actually paying killers to stop killing.

“You don’t appease evil and we are dealing with evil; there is no other word, we are dealing with the proliferation, the enthronement of evil in the society. And unfortunately, we have encouraged its manifestation, its proliferation, its entrenchment.

“So, let them get away with the issue of sovereignty. If they have to pay people to come and help us, then call them whatever you want. Please go ahead because we’ve reached that stage of desperation.

“But I will prefer a general mobilisation in which people are trained, farmers especially are trained to work with the hoe in one hand and the gun in the other hand, ready to protect their lives, their harvests and the rest of us.

 “We are not unique, history is full of those situations. I will like to see a national mobilisation. Let’s be practical.”

Soyinka added, “From a self-protective point of view, it is a common problem; it is a national, collective issue. Don’t just sit there and think that you can solve it from Aso Rock,; no. This now concerns even the lowest common citizens in this nation because that lowest, that most impotent individual has become a prime target. So, it’s a collective issue. I’m not surprised some governors now say let us reach outside help; it’s something I have said also. I don’t say mercenaries necessarily, but this has gone beyond a Nigerian problem.

“Instead of that, what do I hear? Somebody gets on the podium and say, ‘The sovereignty of this nation cannot be challenged. Please, don’t let us hear any more of that rubbish. The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of the murdering herdsmen.

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