Nobel laureate prof. Wole Soyinka has urged the federal government to shut down any state affected by bandits who engage in the kidnap of school children.
Soyinka said this during the launch of his book in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital on 27 February 2021.
According to him Nigeria and those in charge of security has failed the Nation, and that Nigeria is currently close to a state of accepting the culture of the unacceptable.
“The abduction of our children when will it end? How will it end? I don’t think any one of us can tell”
“But we must continue to stress and to remind ourselves that not only these are abnormal times, but it seems to be a time of showing responsibilities in very key areas”
“We cannot continue to be in this fashion, something drastic and meaningful has to take place and it has to be collective, it is no longer the responsibilities of those at the top, those in charge of security, those in charge of the government, as they have failed the populace”
“There is no need to apportion blame on anyone the important thing is that we are very close to accepting the culture of the unacceptable”
“I think it has reached the point where state any child is kidnapped should be shut down completely and other states in solidarity should shut down some of their activities”
We shouldn’t wait until unpredictable enemy like covid struck before we shut down until this situation is resolved” he said.
Kidnappings of school children, especially in Northern Nigeria, have become a trend, endangering the lives of innocent children while also causing setbacks in the region’s education system.