By Brisibe Michael
Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that the National secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress ( APC), Mr. Otunba Iyiola Omisore, was not fit to be appointed to such sensitive office, for disgracing former Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, the late chief Bola Ige.
Soyinka who spoke at a media Conference with the theme:” Forget the past, Forfeit the future”; A Nation Seceding from Humanity, Thursday in Lagos said he was ready for anyone who might want to challenge him on his position regarding Omisore.
In his words, “Those who want to go to court should proceed. I am waiting. There is a lot more to be unearthed “,
In figurative narration, Soyinka :” if the ruling party wants Omisore, they should make him ambassador, probably to Ukraine. Don’t make him the National secretary ruling party. That’s our concern.
“Someone who was guilty of attacking the minister of Justice in the palace of a spiritual head of a group of people is not fit to be seen as National Secretary of a ruling party.
“There is no doubt about Omisore being erudite. He is knowledgeable about certain things. When you remove the cap of a man, in Youroba culture, he knows the meaning.
“The action of disgracing and humiliating Bola Ige, a respected chief, disqualifies him from that position. I ask APC leadership to have a rethink. This issue will not go away. ”
However, Prof. Soyinka blamed and faulted the leadership of APC for giving such reverend position to someone like Omisore.
He stated” it is a collective quilt on the leadership of APC that you have to unleash scorpions on our memories. Wole Soyinka didn’t provoke the situation, it is those who were so insensitive, callous and calculating to rub that on our faces “,
The Nobel laureate implored President Muhammadu Buhari fulfill his electoral promise by revisiting the files of unresolved assassinations in the country. He asserted that justice must be served, not only on the case of Ige, but also on Dele Giwa, Kudirat Abiola, Aminasoari Dikibo, Harry Marshall, among others.
Soyinka also noted that, the enthronement of violence and impunity had led to the debasement of value and elevation of the atrocities committed by terrorist.
Soyinka advised the government to seek international assistance on insecurity rather than go for mercenaries, as suggested by Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufia.
“We are overqualified for international assistance. We have reached the end of our tether. Let’s seek foreign assistance. Nigeria has become a slave depot. Let’s stop relying on our empty pride and tell the international community we need help,” he submitted.
Soyinka who had a flash back on how he got rubbed in Lagos and his Abeokuta home, said despite police intervention and the subsequent investigation into the matter, nothing was heard again on the matter.
On the Opon Imo issue, Soyinka noted:
” I didn’t invent it. I went there because I believe in localising technology. Some people complained to me it was their idea, and not that of Osun State. ”
Activist- lawyer Femi Falana ( SAN) urged the government to see to it that the killers of Bola Ige are brought to justice.
The eminent lawyer recalled that the Chukwudifu Oputa panel recommended that the cases of unresolved assassinations should be revisited, citing the case of Kudirat Abiola and others.
He added, “Once killers involved in a murder have not been found, you don’t close the case. It is called cold killings in the U.S Cases are reopened regularly. There is nothing wrong in reminding president Muhammadu Buhari”, he said.