Governance In Nigeria Has Failed — Soyinka Reacts To Lawmakers Impeachment Threat

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said the threat made by Nigerian lawmakers to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity indicates the failure of the current administration.

Soyinka stated this on Tuesday at an event held in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Abeokuta Club.

Last month (July), lawmakers on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had given President Buhari six weeks to address insecurity or face impeachment proceedings.

The senator representing Bauchi north on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, Adamu Bulkachuwa, had also said that majority of the senators — together with APC members — supported the motion to serve the president with an impeachment notice.

Whilst speaking on the theme: ‘Good Governance or Misgovernance: The Contract Called Democracy’, the playwright said misgovernance is grounds for impeachment.

“Democracy indicates a contract, that’s why there are elections; that’s why the candidates put out manifestos, and it’s on the basis of that manifesto that they are either accepted or rejected,” he said.

“Very often, the grounds for a breach of contract, I think we’ll all agree, is misgovernance, and one of the ways of breaking this kind of contract, we know, even before the duration of the contract, is known as impeachment.”

Soyinka also criticised Buhari over the latter’s statement in May asking to select who would succeed him as president.

Some days before the APC presidential primary, amid opinions over who would be elected as the party’s flagbearer, President Buhari had told governors on the APC platform to allow him name his preferred candidate.

“Second term governors have been accorded the privilege of promoting successors that are capable of driving their visions as well as the ideals of the party,” he had said.

“As we approach the convention, I appeal to all of you to allow our interests to converge, our focus to remain on the changing dynamics of our environment, the expectations of our citizens and the global community.

“In keeping with the established internal policies of the party and as we approach the convention in a few days, I wish to solicit the reciprocity and support of the governors and other stakeholders in picking my successor, who would fly the flag of our party.”

Nonetheless, the president’s comment had incited different reactions, including criticism from some political stakeholders.

Lending his voice on the development, Professor Soyinka said Buhari should concentrate on finishing his tenure and allowing others “make amends”.

“I don’t understand why somebody should say ‘I’m choosing my own successor’. As the people say, ‘who are you?’ You’ve done your own. Get off the stage and leave other people to come in and make amends,” he said.

The Nobel Laureate also criticized the APC governors who reportedly supported the move for Buhari to choose a successor.

“What these governors are telling us is that after a failure has occupied the seat of government for eight years, that failure should give us another failure for another eight years,” he added.