Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Thursday in Lagos lamented that lives of Nigerians have been so cheapened under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, calling for coming on board generation of new leaders to overhaul the system.
Soyinka made the call at the official launch in his Interventions VIII Series, titled: “Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? (Who keeps Watch over the Watchmen?), Gani’s Unfinished Business,” held at the Freedom Park, Lagos Island.
Soyinka, in reaction to a question on current occurrences in the country, said there were serious acts of mis-governance under Buhari’s administration, declaring that there were lots of unforced errors being committed by the present government.
“There are acts of mis-governance under this administration. There are unforced errors and acts that are considered being stupid; failure to secure lives; languages of self-excusing which were condemned in the past but resurfacing all over the place,” he said.
According to the Nobel Laureate, the Buhari administration glossed over intolerable degrees of bloodshed as if in a casual event or happening by accident, adding that there was also failure on the part of the administration to exact authority when and as at when due, a development he said had led to several killings in the country.
“There is cheapening of lives. The value of lives in the last year or so on is on a level we haven’t witnessed in the country for a long time,” he lamented.
He said the situation like this was one of the reasons why it had become essential that the country “embark on ground clearing for a new generation of leaders and to make sure that in the process, we don’t bring back what we are just getting out from.”
“That is one of the stupid acts that we could be held responsible by the coming generation,” Soyinka warned.