Prayers not so­lu­tion to in­sur­gency – Soyinka

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul-Hameed Olawale, Osogbo

Pro­fes­sor Wole Soyinka says com­pe­tence in gov­er­nance and not prayers is the so­lu­tion to Nigeria’s se­cu­rity chal­lenges.

Soyinka spoke in Osogbo, Osun State yes­ter­day at a col­lo­quium ti­tled “Fun­da­men­tal Im­per­a­tives of Co­hab­i­ta­tion, Faith and Sec­u­lar­ism”, or­ga­nized by the Cen­tre for Black Cul­ture and In­ter­na­tional Un­der­stand­ing (CBCIU) Osogbo.

He said the news of Nyanya mo­tor park bomb­ing with shock and called for frank de­lib­er­a­tions among stake­hold­ers in the af­fairs of the coun­try to end the spate of bomb­ings.

Soyinka noted that Boko Haram in­sur­gency should not be mis­taken for a re­li­gious war, say­ing prayers can­not end in­sur­gence.

“I have never said prayers can help re­solve the se­cu­rity chal­lenges fac­ing Nigeria. I be­lieve the sit­u­a­tion must be tack­led with­out par­ti­san­ship and all these un­in­formed com­ments can­not help the sit­u­a­tion. We should wake up to the re­al­ity, Nigeria is in war and only com­pe­tence can solve the prob­lem, not prayers”, he said.

He added that the coun­try is in dire need of com­pe­tent lead­ers with the ca­pac­ity to deal with the sit­u­a­tion with­out par­ti­san­ship and sug­gested that learn­ing from the pasts of na­tions that had faced sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions can help Nigeria han­dle her present chal­lenges.

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