By Ayo Kehinde
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, who marked his 85th birthday on Saturday has called for a national conference to solve the crippling social, political and economic challenges facing Nigeria currently.
Speaking with a group of students who visited him on the occasion of his birthday celebration, the nation’s global icon said the Federal Government does not have the capacity to govern Nigeria as a country, according to Channels Television reports monitored in Lagos.
He said: “The problems of this nation are beyond the solution that can be offered by this government, that’s the first admission; they have to stop thinking in partisan government.
“There has always been a major problem with successive governments. It’s easier on the state level to say that a particular state is definitely doing better than another state. But the central government has failed, that’s my view in the main.
“There is a minimal level which any government which has been elected to power must achieve to be considered a true representative of the people.”
“Look at what’s happening today with the cattle all over the place, that’s a security issue which should never have reached this level.
“That singular act has resulted in hundreds of people being killed, farms were taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government.”
“They need to confront this nation as a habitation of human beings where very serious issues like economy, security, health, even threats of secession come up every day and convoke at the same time, a national conference, what I call an Indaba across all section which we will all meet and debate everything, including the economy of this nation.”