Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka said the unity of Nigeria as a nation is an issue that must be discussed in order to address lingering complaints of marginalisation.
His view runs counter to that of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who said the country’s unity is not negotiable.
“The claim that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable is a false statement”, Soyinka said, adding that “the right of the people to determine their future is what is non-negotiable.”
The Nobel laureate made the comments in Bayelsa when he joined Governor Seriake Dickson in an interactive session with students of the newly commissioned Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, Kolouma/Opokuma local government area of the state.
Soyinka stated that Nigeria’s political leaders that bear enormous responsibility have been indulging in what he described as a falsity that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.
The Ijaw National Academy, which has been running for four months, accommodates up to 1,000 students at the junior and senior secondary levels.
After a brief exchange with the students about his exploits as a renowned writer, Soyinka challenged those who maintain that Nigeria must remain as currently constituted, while her unity remains non-negotiable.
“Don’t tell me that Nigeria, as it is, is non-negotiable. To me, that’s a fallacy”, he added.