By Daniel Njienue, News/Comments, January 22, 2020.
The Nigerian Noble Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has advised the old Kaduna State former governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, to concentrate more in his comment on nation building and desist from ethnic bigotry. Soyinka made the call over the ex-governor’s view that Operation Amotekun will lead to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.
It could be recalled that Operation Amotekun was created by the South West governors as a security outfit to tackle insecurity such as kidnapping, herdsmen killing, banditry, arm robbery, and other heinous activities in the region. Since then, prominent Northerners have kicked against it, seeing the establishment as a threat to their region, especially when the Federal Government through the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, declared Amotekun as illegal.
Balarabe had said during an interview with a national daily that Operation Amotekun would lead to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic, therefore, should not be allowed to operate.
Meanwhile, Soyinka in a release on Tuesday caution Balarabe’s position on Amotekun, stressing, that it is for national interest. The statement reads further: “Balarabe is sadly but I hope not tragically wrong. I invoke the tragic dimension here because the making of tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken or promoted as facts, and governments either by themselves, or together with interest groups, are enticed by fears into embarking on precipitate, irrational, and irreversible acts”.
“Such acts turn out, in the end, to be based on nothing but fears, sometimes generated by guilt over past injustices, such as inequitable dealing. That is the basis of tragedy, towards which nations are propelled by a partial, or wrongful reading of socio-political realities and history. I would like to see this nation avoid such a blunder. So, I am certain, would Balarabe Musa.
“Raising the spectre of secession is a facile approach to the dangerous, self-evident lapses in governance which Balarabe himself acknowledges in his response to the Amotekun principle made flesh. The midwives of Amotekun have repeatedly acknowledged that theirs is only a contribution towards a crisis of escalating proportions. Other states should be encouraged to emulate, not misread such initiatives, then demonise them by false attributions. That is the certain recipe for tragedy”
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