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Buhari In A Trance, He Needs To Wake Up – Soyinka

Respected playwright, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is in a trance.

Soyinka, while reacting to a question on the three things he would tell the President if he meets him, stated that, “I will say Mr. President you are in a trance.”

He added that the sooner the President got out of the trance, the better for the nation.
Asked the form of trance the President was in, the Nobel laureate said, “I don’t know. So many unforced errors. Take for instance the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, reinstated by the President.


“What is that about? What is going on?”

Soyinka had earlier held a press conference in Lagos on the state of the nation titled: ‘Nomads and Nation: Valentine card or valedictory rites.’

Soyinka described as appalling the position of the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that the continuing loss of lives in Benue and consequent increase of internal refugees was simply a communual clash, stressing that little would be achieved in security without the adoption of state policing.

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“If the IGP can seat in Abuja and say of an event that is happening under the jurisdiction of a governor in another state is just a communal clash when people are being slaughtered and their villages are being occupied, it shows of complete alienation. 

Then there is the authority of Governors who have the ultimate authority for security. It is the Governor who is supposed to be the Chief Security Officer. We are now back to authoritative voices saying indeed, state police need to be decentralized. We have been saying it and others have been saying for a long time. We are now getting back to the commonsensical issue that the nation cannot function under a single police command,” he said.
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