- Professor Wole Soyinka has advised Nigerians to rise against bad leadership in the country
- Soyinka made the charge in Lagos while speaking at an event to mark 50 years after the Nigerian civil war
- The Nobel laureate, however, said some people have actually considered it a duty to take up cudgels on behalf of the denigrators of their own race
Nigerians have been urged to rise up against bad leadership in the manner which African-Americans in the United States spoke up against police brutality in their country.
Premium Times reports that the appeal was made on Monday, January 13, by the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, at a conference tagged, ‘Never Again‘ organised by Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo in Lagos to mark 50 years after the end of Nigerian civil war.
Legit.ng gathered that he said he would propose that Nigerians borrows a leaf from their brothers and sisters in the Diaspora, adding that some people have actually considered it a duty, even honour, to take up cudgels on behalf of the denigrators of their own race.
He said: “I propose that we borrow a leaf from our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora. I have no qualms in reminding this, or any other Nigerian audience that, such is the ingrained slave mentality of the contemporary progeny of those who sold those exiles into slavery in the first place, that some in this nation actually consider it a duty, even honour, to take up cudgels on behalf of the denigrators of our own kind, of our own race.
"Thus, they proceed to insult those who respond in their own personal manner to such racists, however powerfully positioned and no matter where on this globe – but let that pass for now.
“My intention is to jog your memories regarding that spate of serial elimination of our kind – the African-Americans – by white police in the United States at that very time, an epidemic that merely actualised the racist rantings of the current incumbent of the White House as he powered his way to the coveted seat in the last United States elections."
Soyinka said that adopting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ exhortation would help to include the millions of victims of failed or indifferent leadership in Africa who are more concerned with power and its accruements.
“Yes, indeed, let us internalize that Africa-American declaration as statement of a living faith, an expression of our humanity that may compel leadership to pause at critical moments of decision, thereby earn ourselves some space where we can re-think those bequeathed absolutes that we so proudly spout, gospels of sacrosanctity, pre-packaged imperatives or questionable, often poisoned “truths” that incite us to advance so conceitedly towards the dehumanization, and decimation of our kind," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Professor Soyinka declared his support for the establishment of ‘Amotekun’, a security outfit by the southwest governors.
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