Nobel laureate and foremost human rights’ activist, Professor Wole Soyinka, has mentioned Nigerians together with himself, must be held liable for the extent of impunity within the nation.
He mentioned as a individuals, Nigerians permitted impunity within the nation and didn’t take to the streets as a lot as wanted.
According to him, everyone in Nigeria is paying for the implications of impunity as a result of it was permitted.
Soyinka spoke throughout a short speech on the twenty fourth version of the Wole Soyinka Lecture Series organised by the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) and held through zoom.
It was themed, “National Conference Against Impunity.”
He mentioned, “I am absolutely certain that we would agree that one of the major reasons for the dilemma we are undergoing in this country right now is that we permitted, we nurtured, we even encouraged either by actions or inactions, the mindset of impunity both in leadership and among the people.
“We ourselves are equally guilty. We ourselves allowed it. We watched it happen. We didn’t take to the streets to protest it, to denounce it, to warn of the consequences. Oh yes, there were warnings here and there but they were not concerted and structured.”
He nevertheless mentioned it’s not too late to reverse the pattern noting that it has to start with ” a frank, honest and objective dialogue”
The keynote speaker, Prof Patrick Lumumba in his paper lambasted Nigerian and African leaders for his or her underachievement.
He pointedly expressed disappointment that Nigeria which had promising future was now on the decrease rungs of growth courtesy of dangerous management.
According to him somewhat than be enraged by impunity, Nigerians and Africans have rewarded corrupt leaders with re-election.
“It is pertinent to ask why Nigeria which had such great promise continues to wallow in the lower rungs of human development. Why are Africans and Nigerians silent in the face of impunity? Why in the words of Wole Soyinka has the man in us died,” Lumumba mentioned.
According to him the individuals ought to maintain themselves liable for refusing to behave and being a part of the misfortune that has befallen the nation.
“Despite the impunity by our public office holders, by some miracle, we are not enraged! It would also seem that we have lost the gift of disgust. Why is this so, who cursed us?
“We are the co-authors of our own misfortune because we have lost our values and now resort to religion. We now choose to apply faith instead of logic, elevating the principle of ‘Donothingnism’. We have created leaders who have arrogated to themselves the monopoly of wisdom and the country is now run in a narrow and primordial fashion,” he added.