Any state where children are kidnapped should shut down in protest, Soyinka tells FG

Any state where children are kidnapped should shut down in protest, Soyinka tells FG

- Protestations should be used in fighting against kidnapping, Wole Soyinka has insisted

- According to him, any state where children are kidnapped should shut down

- He insisted that such move is necessary because of the terrible situation in the country

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A classical way of protesting against the incessant kidnap of children has been proffered by Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday, February 27.

According to him, any state where the kidnapping of children takes place should shut down in protest against the act.

The social critic also advised that other neighbouring states, as a matter of solidarity, should join the affected states to shut down.

He disclosed this in Ogun state at the award lecture and public presentation of his latest book, ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’, the nobel laureate said the emergence of the culture of abduction portends a bad omen for the country.

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Any state where children are kidnapped should shut down in protest, Soyinka tells FG
Wole Soyinka said henceforth, any state where the kidnapping of children takes place should shut down in protest against the act. Photo: Olubiyi Samuel
Source: UGC

Going further, social critic also lamented the failure of the government and security agencies to protect the country.

He said

“I think we are reaching the point where, in any state, where any child is kidnapped, that state should shut down completely. And other states, in solidarity, should at least shut down some of their activities. It sounds extreme but, we don’t know what else one can propose at this particular time. Yes, life must go on but even those activities will generate and enhance our very existence.

Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Soyinka said the government must take every necessary step to tackle the challenges of "abnormal times" which has given birth to the trend of abduction in the country.

He said "something drastic, meaningful has to take place" which will be collectively done in order to save the future of the country.

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Soyinka, who stated that there is a "shirking of responsibility in very key areas" maintained that those at the top are no longer in charge of the security of the country.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian police have commenced a coordinated search and rescue operation for students of government girls secondary school, Jangebe, Zamfara state.

To ensure that the mission is successful, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu ordered the immediate deployment of two (2) operational surveillance helicopters to the state.

The government said this in addition to the personnel of Operation Puff Adder II earlier deployed to the state.

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Source: Legit

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