Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has called on state governors to demand the removal of soldiers in their state as a result of the forced curfew because of the #EndSARS protests.
The 86-year-old said while reacting to the killing of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian Army at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Tuesday night.
, “To the affected governors all over the nation, there is one immediate step to take: demand the withdrawal of those soldiers.“
“Convoke town hall meetings as a matter of urgency. 24-hour curfews are not the solution. Take over the security of your people with whatever resources you can rummage.”
Substitute community self-policing based on local councils, to curb hooligan infiltration and extortionist and destructive opportunism. We commiserate with the bereaved and urge state governments to compensate material losses, wherever.
“To commence any process of healing at all – dare one assume that this is the ultimate destination of desire?– the Army must apologise, not merely to the nation but to the global community – the facts are indisputable – you, the military, opened fire on unarmed civilians.”
There has to be structured restitution and assurance that such aberrations will not again be recorded.
“Then both governance and its security arms can commence a meaningful, lamentably overdue dialogue with society. Do not attempt to dictate — Dialogue!”
He added, “My enquiry so far indicates that the Lagos governor did not invite in the Army, did not complain of a ‘breakdown in law and order.
Nevertheless, the centre has chosen to act in an authoritarian manner and has inflicted a near incurable wound on the community psyche. Need I add that, on arrival in Abeokuta, my hometown, I again had to negotiate a road block? That went smoothly enough..
I expected it, and have no doubt that more are being erected as this is being written.
It should be recalled that the Lagos State Government declared a 24-hour curfew on Tuesday morning before the Nigerian Army opened fire on unarmed protesters.