Wole Soyinka Takes Side On Buhari’s Impeachment

Wole Soyinka
A file photo of Wole Soyinka

Noble Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has stated his position on the move by some lawmakers to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

Vantage News recalls that some lawmakers had earlier given Buhari an ultimatum to resolve the issues of insecurity or else he would be given an impeachment notice if their demands are not met after six weeks.

Reacting to the development, Prof. Soyinka agreed with the ultimatum given to Buhari by the lawmakers in an attempt to find a lasting solution to terrorism in the country.

The playwright, novelist, poet and essayist in the English language, while speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Tuesday during an interactive session organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abeokuta Club, said Buhari should be impeached because he had breached the contract of democracy.

Some prominent Nigerians present when Soyinka made the statement are a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, the Registrar of the Joint Administration and Matriculation (JAMB) Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, among others.

Soyinka said: “Democracy indicates a contract, that is why the candidate puts on a manifesto. On the basis of that manifesto, the candidate is either accepted or rejected.

“Very often, the grounds for breach of contract, I think we all agree, is misgovernance and one of the ways of breaking this kind of contract we know even before the duration of a contract is known as impeachment.”

“The reason we will go by some legislators to impeach the President who is the head of government. In fact, one cleric has gone even further. He believes that the impeachment should take place not in the legislative home, but in the bush with the kidnappers and he appealed to the kidnappers to quicken the process by impeaching the President and taking him away and some of his aides and one or two governors.

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“Many of us in this country, including governors, including chairmen of local governments, what comprehension they have of this process called democracy, because what these governors are telling us is that after a failure has occupied a seat of government for eight years, that failure should give us another failure for another eight years,” Soyinka stressed.

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