Herdsmen crisis: I don’t believe Buhari is in charge, says Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka , says he does not believe the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , is in charge of the captaincy of the nation .

Soyinka spoke on Thursday on an Arise TV programme monitored by The PUNCH

He said if the Commander -In-Chief of the Armed Forces were indeed in charge , the insecurity situation in the country won ’t have degenerated to the present state



The South – West region has been in the eye of the storm lately over the activities of herdsmen who invade farmlands with their cattle, harass farmers, and in some cases kill them . Some herdsmen have also been accused of kidnapping, rape and other vicious crimes.

Some herdsmen also trespassed on the compound of the respected academic with their cattle despite repeated warnings

Many Nigerians including the Nobel Laureate had urged the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , to address Nigerians and make it known publicly that he does not support the criminal activities of some herdsmen in parts of the country

But Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Femi Adesina , said Buhari would be a talkative if he speaks on every matter including the herdsmen crisis


Commenting on the situation , Soyinka said, “ Buhari does not appreciate the situation , he doesn ’t understand , I see no evidence that he understands how grave the situation is .

“ I have said it again and again. I don’ t believe he is in charge because it is not possible in my view for a head of state , a commander -in -chief of the armed forces to say he is presiding over a nation and things get to this level .

“ Something is critically wrong within the leadership of this nation and that is where we civilians must come in, we must pick up the slack for our own situation , for our own salvation .





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