Professor Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate, has blamed Nigerians, including himself, for the country’s high rate of impunity.
According to Nigerians, they have allowed whatever is happening to them today to continue and have refused to take to the streets.
According to the renowned dramatist, everyone in the country is paying for the consequences of impunity.
Soyinka said this during a brief speech at the 24th edition of the Wole Soyinka Lecture Series, which was held via zoom and organised by the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity).
The event’s theme was “National Conference Against Impunity,” and Soyinka stated, “I am absolutely certain that we would agree that one of the major reasons for the dilemma we are currently experiencing in this country is that we permitted, nurtured, and even encouraged the mindset of impunity both in leadership and among the people.”
He claimed that Nigerians, including himself, were equally to blame because they allowed and 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 added.
Soyinka said it was never too late to reverse the trend, noting that the starting point should be “a frank, honest and objective dialogue.”