Prayers not solution to insurgency – Soyinka
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.