Politics Wole Soyinka: One Thing Buhari Should Learn From Obasanjo to End Herdsmen Menace



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Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari should emulate some of the properties of ex -President Olusegun Obasanjo to end the killings perpetrated by herdsmen.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday he said:

“When I talk about the absence of leadership effect, let me give you an instance, when we started the Road Safety (also known as the Federal Road Safety Commission) movement and we began to clash with the military,” said Mr. Soyinka.

According to him, the military at the time were the greatest killers on the road; "they killed one another, they killed themselves, they killed civilians, and if you argue with them on the road you were given the ‘mud’ treatment or leap-frogging. And we took them up.”

“And Obasanjo was the Head of State when Road Safety began on a national scale. We met one day and he said, ‘Hmmm, Wole, I hear you are fighting my men on the road, if they kill you, don’t come and complain o.’

“But he also did something, you know he’s not my favourite person but I always like to give credit where credit is due; Obasanjo also sent notices around to the military and said, ‘We set up, we encouraged, and we are backing this Road safety group…. From now, you fight any Road Safety on the street, when they are done with you, whatever the result is, you then come back and you eat military punishment.

“And the assault on Road safety – you know there was the volunteer as well as the uniformed – the assault virtually died on the road. Before that, it was a culture of assaults, they so despised the Road Safety…. anybody touching them, stopping them, disciplining them on the road is an anathema. Obasanjo stopped the assault.

"Make sure you print that so he can read it and see that I don’t hate him altogether. So that is what is lacking here," he said.


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