Jonathan Allowed Insurgency to Escalate – Soyinka
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of allowing insurgency to fester in the country, saying that the era of denial by the president on the magnitude of the Boko Haram menace was over.
Speaking Tuesday during a global affairs interview television programme, Amanpour, on Cable News Network, monitored in Abuja, Soyinka said the President should have sought international assistance long ago before allowing the situation to fester and escalate.
He accused the President of failing to heed his earlier warnings and addressing the insurgency “very late and lackadaisically.”
He described the video released by the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, as “gleeful obscenity” and called on the international community to intervene.
He said, “President Jonathan should have asked for it (assistance) from the very beginning. I don’t believe in false pride. The history of the movement to which Boko Haram belongs is one which is a menace to the entire world.
“This is a government which is not only in denial mentally but is in denial of certain obvious steps to take. It is the missing humanity that the problem will go away; an attitude that occurs in the subconscious.
“But, one thing is certain, the President and his government cannot sleep easily after what has happened to Nigeria. The era of denial and indifference has ended. The situation has now gone beyond the President and the solution must be internationalised.”
Lamenting the slow response of the Federal Government to the news of the abduction of the female pupils of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Soyinka said, the development was “really agonising.”
“The government of the nation is in serious trouble. The person who has no excuse is the President of the nation. I’m calling now not on the nation but on the international community to take action. This is a global problem and the foothold is being very deeply entrenched in West Africa,” Soyinka added
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