Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that those behind alleged lopsided appointments in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari should be punished.
Soyinka, who was reacting during an interview on PlusTV Africa to an open letter written by a former military administrator of Kaduna State, Col Umar Dangiwa, on skewed appointments under the current government in Nigeria, said that the country should be decentralised.
According to Soyinka, “Umar hits the nail hard and got to the point factually without self-interest. I was appalled when I saw the letter and I said to myself why should I be surprised that such atrocities have been going on?
“They said there is going to be an inquiry. I think it is a waste of time and energy. There will be some joggling here and there. The answer, for me, will always get back to decentralisation.
“This kind of revelation (by Col. Umar) is earth-shaking and really nation- disintegrating. It requires two things: One is outright denial with proof that it is false. Two, literally, a restructuring of that sector completely. Something like (to) send everybody there on temporary leave and revamp.
“People come to me with all kinds of documented evidence of this greed and insult to the nation.
“I was appalled by the silence that followed this revelation. There are many of us who feel inhibited. We don’t want to make statements that might seem inflammatory. And yet this kind of reticence encourages a sense of impunity.
“I think those responsible for this criminal lopsidedness should be punished. It is not sufficient to discuss it and to say you are restructuring. It is criminal at this level. It requires an upheaval in that sector.”
Soyinka, who also alleged that Buhari had lost firm grip on the country, urged him to take the allegation of lopsided appointments seriously.
He added, “I have said this before. I don’t believe there is really anybody in charge in Aso Rock. I’m sorry to say this. But I’ve been studying the trend over the past year and a half and I believe this president is not in charge of this nation, in so many aspects and directions.
“I’m convinced he’s not really and totally with it. Because as a responsible leader, there should have been an address to the nation on this. For me, it is so serious. We know the history and what it has caused the nation. This man is not in charge.”