Story By Akinola Emmanuel, Tuesday April 27, 2021
Following series of killings, especially the youth, and a high level of insecurity,
Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has urged President Muhammadu Buhari led
administration to seek help and stop playing with human lives in the country.
Soyinka stated this recently in a released made available to Journalists in Abeokuta.
The statement read in part: “Abubakar Atiku has summed up the nation’s feeling
– this most recent savagery against our youth is heartbreaking. More than the
heart is broken, however, more than millions of individual hearts still lay claim to
bonds in common humanity.
The already over-stretched sinews of moral restraint have been snapped off the
casing of nation being, and nothing is left but the collective wails of impotence.
Not for the first time, what many hoped was a Natural Law of Limitations has
been contemptuously, defiantly breached. We need to remind ourselves of hideous
We keep avoiding the inevitable, but that very unthinkable now hammers brutishly
on our gates, the blood ransom arrogantly insatiable.
This nation is at war, yet we continue to pretend that these are mere birth-pangs
of a glorious entity.
They are death throes. Vultures and undertakers hover patiently but with full
confidence. The dogs of war stopped merely baying years ago.
Again and again, they have sunk their fangs into the jugular of this nation.
The plague called COVID has met its match on the earth of some nation space
once known as Nigeria.
I grieve with the bereaved, but mourn even more for our youth so routinely
sacrificed, burdened with uncertainty and traumatized beyond youth’s capacity to
To this government, we repeat the public cry: Seek Help. Stop Improvising with
human lives. Youth-that is, the future – should not serve as Ritual Offering on the
altar of a failing State.”