Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has failed, and it is not capable of solving Nigeria’s problems.
Soyinka, who lamented the violence caused by herdsmen, the indiscriminate grazing of cattle and the destruction of farmlands recommended that a National Conference be convened, adding that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government can only make an impact by thinking beyond partisan politics.
Speaking while playing host to some students on his 85th birthday celebration, he playwright said the problems of Nigeria are beyond the solution that can be offered by the ruling government.
“That’s the first admission; they have to stop thinking in partisan government.
“There has always been a major problem with successive governments. It’s easier on the state level to say that a particular state is definitely doing better than another state. But the central government has failed, that’s my view in the main.
“There is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be considered a true representative of the people.”
He therefore called for a national summit to address some of the socio-economic and political challenges facing the country, saying that the current challenges are beyond the capacity of the government in power.
The literary giant who pointed that more was expected from the Buhari’s administration in tackling issues that affect the populace called for a national conference where all these challenges could be addressed for the good of all, making reference to security threats posed by cattle herders.
“Look at what’s happening today with the cattle all over the place, that’s a security issue which should never have reached this level.
“That singular act has resulted in hundreds of people being killed, farms were taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government.
“They need to confront this nation as a habitation of human beings where very serious issues like economy, security, health, even threats of secession come up every day and convoke at the same time, a national conference, what I call an Indaba across all section which we will all meet and debate everything, including the economy of this nation.”
Buhari Inagurates FEC, Allocates Portfolios to Ministers
President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Federal Executive Council and swear-in ministers-designates.
See the full list below:
1.Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah (Abia State) -Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development
- Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa State) -Minister of the Federal Capital Territory
Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State)- Minister of Niger Delta
Chris Ngige (Anambra State)- Minister of Labour and Employment
Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra State) Minister of State Environment
Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State) Minister of Education
7 Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi State) State
- Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa State) Minister of State, Petroleum under the President
George Akume (Benue State) Inter
10.Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno State) Minister of State, Agric and Rural Development
- Goddy Jedy Agba (Cross River State) -Minister of State, Power
12.Festus Keyamo (Delta State) -Minister of State, Niger Delta
- Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State) -Minister of Science and Technology
Osagie Ehanire (Edo State) -Minister of Health
15.Clement Ike (Edo State)
- Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti State) -Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology
Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu State) -Minister of Foreign Affairs
18.Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe State) -Minister of Communications
- Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo State) -Minister of State, Education
Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State) -Minister of Water Resources
Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna State) -Minister of Finance
22.Muhammad Mahmood (Kaduna State) -Minister of Environment
23.Sabo Nanono (Kano State) -Minister of Agriculture and Development
24.Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano State) -Minister of Defence
25.Hadi Sirika (Katsina State) -Minister of Aviation
26.Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State)
27.Ramatu Tijjani (Kogi State)
- Lai Mohammed (Kwara State)
29.Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara State) -Minister of State Transportation
30.Babatunde Fashola (Lagos State) -Minister of Works and Housing
31.Adeleke Mamora (Lagos State) -Minister of State, Health
- Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa State) Minister of State, Science
Zubair Dada (Niger State) foreign AFfairs
Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun State)minsters of mines and steel dele
Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo State)
Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State), Minister of interior
Sunday Dare (Oyo State) Minister of youths and sports
38.Paulen Talen (Plateau State) Minister of women affairs
Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State) Transportation
Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto State) police affairs
Sale Mamman (Taraba State) Minister of power
Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe State) Minister of State housing
Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara State), Minister of humanitarian affair
#FreeSowore: Atiku, Others Reacts After Sowore Arrest As Pictures Of His Damaged Car Surface
AAC Presidential Candidate and CEO of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore has been apprehended by the DSS – Department of State Security at the early hours of Saturday.
So many reactions have trail the arrest and this includes another Presidential Candidate and other political bigwigs.
PDP Presidential Candidate, Abubakar Atiku said:
“Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the substructure of our democracy. These kidnappings in the guise of arrests stands condemned.”
Mrs Oby Ezekwesili Said:
“All well-meaning Nigerians should stand with YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him.
“Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance – via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed.”
“If our NGRPresident MBuhari & FG AsoRock are not completely out of touch with the reality of distress of majority of Citizens of this country, they would handle YeleSowore‘s right to convene #RevolutionNow wisely.
“Many of us his fellow #OfficeOfTheCitizen stand with him.”
Howvever, a journalist recognized as Fox Meek just obtained photos of Sowore’s car that was reportedly bashed by Department of State Services operatives during the arrest of the human rights activist and pro-democracy campaign as shared by a Nigerian journalist, Abiodun Sanusi.
According to an eyewitness report, DSS officers hit the Lexus Jeep of Sowore ‘like kidnappers would do to make way for themselves.’
Mr. Sowore was picked up at his apartment at about 1am this morning and he managed to post a distress tweet at exactly 1:25 am.
The security operatives seized Sowore’s mobile phone when he attempted to raise alarm over the invasion of his residence.
The journalist wrote;
“This is Omoyele Sowore ‘s car batched by State Security Service DSS during is illegal abduction (State Kidnap) at about 01:15am over the night.
Sowore and his brother who drove the car were assaulted by DSS officers. His brother was injured in the head and in the leg.”