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Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Racoon(m): 8:28pm On Jan 10
MF Soyinka also speaks on Amotekun and the hiring of foreign mercenaries.

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has condemned the insecurity across Nigeria, saying the nation’s sovereignty has been taken over by armed groups.



He also said President Muhammadu Buhari needs to do more to stop Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements who threaten Nigeria’s security.

Mr Soyinka said these during an interview on Arise Television programme on Saturday.

“From a self-protective point of view, it is a common problem (insecurity); it is a national, collective issue. Don’t just sit there and think that you can solve it from Aso Rock, no. This now concerns even the lowest common citizens in this nation because that lowest, that most impotent individual has become a prime target. So, it’s a collective issue.

“Instead of that, what do I hear? Somebody gets on the podium and say, ‘The sovereignty of this nation cannot be challenged.’ Please, don’t let us hear any more of that rubbish.

The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of the murdering herdsmen.The sovereignty of this nation has already been taken over by Boko Haram, it’s been taken over by ISWAP, it’s been taken over by those with absolutely no respect for what is called national integrity,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES has reported about several cases of insecurity across Nigeria with killings and kidnappings now common.

Apart from the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram in the Northeast, armed bandits routinely attack communities in Northwest Nigeria, killing and kidnapping residents.

Kidnapping for ransom and attacks by armed herdsmen is also commonplace in many other parts of Nigeria.
QIn many cases, government officials engage in negotiations with the bandits and kidnappers, sometimes leading to the payment of ransom.

Mr Soyinka, in the interview, frowned at making payments to armed groups.He said it is unreasonable for leaders “to pay protection money to killers instead of dealing with that cancer in the only way which they should which, is excision, to take out killers instead of giving them money. You don’t appease evil and we are dealing with evil; there is no other word, we are dealing with the proliferation, the enthronement of evil in the society. And unfortunately, we have encouraged its manifestation, its proliferation, its entrenchment.”

He also declared support for the call by some Nigerians including the Borno State governor for the government to hire foreign mercenaries to help battle Boko Haram.

“I’m not surprised some governors now say let us reach outside help; it’s something I have said also. I don’t say mercenaries necessarily, but this has gone beyond a Nigerian problem.

“So, let them get away with the issue of sovereignty. If they have to pay people to come and help us, then call them whatever you want. Please go ahead because we’ve reached that stage of desperation,” he said.

Speaking further, Mr Soyinka said the president appointed wrong people into offices, a claim that has often been made by Nigerians on social media and has on several occasions led to the call on Mr Buhari to sack all service chiefs.

“There are those on whose shoulders must be placed the primary responsibility and that include some former Heads of State who refused to see the inevitability of what we are going through right now.

“I am very glad that the northern elite are now speaking up, boldly and practically now taking measures which they should have taken years ago. They’ve moved beyond the unbelievable policies of actually paying killers to stop killing.”

Speaking on the activities of Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, the professor said the operatives must be trained in order not to become the next SARS.

“I have told them that anytime they want us to come and assist; we will come even if it is just on the ethical session so that as you are training them to defend us, we are also training their minds so that Amotekun does not become another SARS. We must do everything together.”
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/435863-soyinka-laments-insecurity-says-nigerias-sovereignty-taken-over-by-armed-groups.html

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Toosure70: 8:30pm On Jan 10
God heal our land.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Racoon(m): 8:32pm On Jan 10
The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of the murdering herdsmen.The sovereignty of this nation has already been taken over by Boko Haram, it’s been taken over by ISWAP, it’s been taken over by those with absolutely no respect for what is called national integrity,” 
Simply because BH and their sponsors are in charge.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Racoon(m): 8:33pm On Jan 10
Hope they will not start threatening Soyinka for saying the truth as usual because truth is always a bitter pill for them to swallow.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by yanabasee(m): 8:37pm On Jan 10
Racoon:

Simply because BH and their sponsors are in charge.



Truly speaking.....



You dare not bite the fingers that brought you into power.....



The abduction of chibok girls and the massive killing of Borno state indigenes before the 2015 elections was a total plan of power exchange....


For that, the current ruling power will have to service the herdsmen, Boko Haram and bandits for the rest of their regime....



BTW, I believe that Soyinka should openly apologize to Nigerians for bringing into power this menace.....

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by HOVER206: 8:39pm On Jan 10
Soyinka should go and sit down, he was one of those oversabi people who brought this calamity to Nigerians

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Rhapsodia: 8:55pm On Jan 10
I went through the post, and I didn't see anything relating to cows...

Buhari won't listen Sir grin

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by donbachi(m): 8:58pm On Jan 10
Taken over by rebels without a cause.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by BeeBeeOoh(m): 9:07pm On Jan 10
This Soyinka no get shame for face at all.



Honestly, If I were Wole Soyinka, I would have stayed on a low key because I helped in the enthronement of this catastrophe called Buhari.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Racoon(m): 9:50pm On Jan 10
yanabasee:
Truly speaking.You dare not bite the fingers that brought you into power.The abduction of chinook girls and the massive killing of Borno state indigenes before the 2015 elections was a total plan of power exchange....

For that, the current ruling power will have to service the herdsmen, Boko Haram and bandits for the rest of their regime.BTW, I believe that Soyinka should openly apologize to Nigerians for bringing into power this menace.....
You're not wrong man.Imagine an educated man of Prof Soyinka repute coming out then to appeal to Nigerians who suffered the lawlessness of the government of 1984-85 to forgive & embrace the same evil in 2015.

Even if Jonathan was not even a choice as alleged then, but the catastrophe Nigeria have today should never have been thought of either because a leopard never changes its skin.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Nigeriabiafra80: 10:11pm On Jan 10
ESN is equal to the task

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Bobotic(m): 4:02am On Jan 11
Bubu is taking us for granted cool cool cool

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by MANNABBQGRILLS: 4:06am On Jan 11
He also declared support for the call by some Nigerians including the Borno State governor for the government to hire foreign mercenaries to help battle Boko Haram.

“I’m not surprised some governors now say let us reach outside help; it’s something I have said also. I don’t say mercenaries necessarily, but this has gone beyond a Nigerian problem.
SECONDED Wholeheartedly.
The Evil Boko Haram the evil and corrupt politicians brought into our darling nation more than a decade ago has gone beyond a Nigerian problem.

May it never ever be well with each and every politicians that brought this evil Boko Haram into Nigeria, and to those sponsoring them...
Along with all their supporters

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by StarMonkey: 4:08am On Jan 11
Truth be told, the level of insecurity in Nigeria is quite high.
A day hardly passes without news of kidnapping, killings, etc across the country.

This Administration promised us Security. PMB and his team stated severally that insecurity would be a thing of the past, but this hasn't happened.

Definitely the Government can do better.

How do kidnappers abi Bandits take over roads and kidnap at will without any form of action from the Government?

PMB has failed as far as security is concerned

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by MANNABBQGRILLS: 4:08am On Jan 11
He said it is unreasonable for leaders “to pay protection money to killers instead of dealing with that cancer in the only way which they should which, is excision, to take out killers instead of giving them money. You don’t appease evil and we are dealing with evil; there is no other word, we are dealing with the proliferation, the enthronement of evil in the society. And unfortunately, we have encouraged its manifestation, its proliferation, its entrenchment.”
Furtherance to the above.....read below.....

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Racoon(m): 4:13am On Jan 11
MANNABBQGRILLS:
..May it never ever be well with each and every politicians that brought this evil Boko Haram into Nigeria, and to those sponsoring them.Along with all their supporters
Amen! Amen!! Amen!!! Now that you know who they are:
-1). "A fight against BH terrorists is a fight against the north." -Buhari.
"...The founder of Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection,(STTEP), Eeben Barlow, has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari stopped them from carrying on fighting Boko-Haram terrorists in Nigeria in 2015.

In a Facebook post, Barlow said their proposal was antagonised and politicised by Buhari and his team “even before they assumed office...."

https://www.google.com/amp/s/guardian.ng/news/how-buhari-stopped-us-from-fighting-boko-haram-south-african-mercenary/amp

-2). "Proscription of Ansaru(BH terrorists) violates the constitution.." -Lai Mohammed.

-3). "The sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslims, has condemned the military crackdown against the Islamist Boko Haram sect."We cannot solve violence with violence," -Mohammed Sa'ad Abubakar.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14342863

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by tillaman(m): 4:15am On Jan 11
Bandits ti take over!
Hijo de putas in Suits and agbada

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by GboyegaD(m): 4:15am On Jan 11
Because the leadership of the country likes it that way.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Ghostmode2two(m): 4:17am On Jan 11
Also cows and corruption

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by MANNABBQGRILLS: 4:19am On Jan 11
Racoon:
Amen! Amen!! Amen!!!

Thank for saying Amen to this prayer for the first time in 3 years.
So shall it be.
All the evil politicians that brought this evil Boko Haram into Nigeria and sponsoring them will never end well in life.....along with all their supporters that want them back in power to continue from where they stopped.

We Rise!

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by PHijo(m): 4:20am On Jan 11
This is the "change" he supported in 2014/2015! Apart from hate or ethnic extremism I don't see what will make an educated man like him support this mess some people call a government. Sane people knew it wouldn't end well, their failure just surpassed anything we could imagine.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by MANNABBQGRILLS: 4:21am On Jan 11
PHijo:
This is the "change" he supported in 2014/2015! Apart from hate or ethnic extremism I don't see what will make an educated man like him support this mess some people call a government. Sane people knew it wouldn't end well, their failure just surpassed anything we could imagine.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Chirowman(m): 4:21am On Jan 11
Sad
Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Racoon(m): 4:23am On Jan 11
MANNABBQGRILLS:
Thank for saying Amen to this prayer for the first time in 3 years.So shall it be.All the evil politicians that brought this evil Boko Haram into Nigeria and sponsoring them will never end well in life along with all their supporters that want them back in power to continue from where they stopped.
Does it strike you that your darling daddy is part of them? What do you have to say about that Mannabbqgrills?

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Racoon(m): 4:26am On Jan 11
So the Buhari of 1983-1985 is new to them, they have retrograde amnesia or perhaps it must be sheer hypocrisy and wickedness?

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by PHijo(m): 4:33am On Jan 11
[quote author=MANNABBQGRILLS post=97935265][/quote]

I wonder why "reasonable Democrats" failed to bring the despot in 2003, 2007 and 2011!

These are all attempts to make themselves look reasonable. They could only be stupid, bigots and wicked. Whatever the case is, it never looked good for them and they know it.

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by whytediamond(m): 4:37am On Jan 11
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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by OrdinaryNigeria(m): 4:49am On Jan 11
BeeBeeOoh:
This Soyinka no get shame for face at all.



Honestly, If I were Wole Soyinka, I would have stayed on a low key because I helped in the enthronement of this catastrophe called Buhari.
guy nobody could ve predicted it wud be like this. But this is de worst ever. Atleast he has retraced his step, unlike de religious fanatics

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Re: Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group by Daddysidhan: 5:17am On Jan 11
Some idiot will start attacking the Prof over this truthful statement yet they will be claiming Patriots, Patriots kor Patrick ni. Awon stomach infrastructure Patriots Lols

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