Shut Down States Where Children Are Abducted, Soyinka Urges FG

ABEOKUTA – Following Friday’s abduc­tion of over 300 school children in Jangebe, Zam­fara State, Nobel laure­ate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that Nigeria is now at a point where any state where children are kidnapped should be shut down completely while other states should shut down some of their activ­ities in solidarity.

Soyinka said the shut­ting down would be a form of protest and as a state­ment of the unacceptabil­ity until this situation was resolved.

The octogenarian play­wright spoke in Abeokuta at the Association of Nige­rian Authors (ANA), Ogun State chapter, in collabora­tion with Abeokuta Club and public presentation of ‘Chronicles of the happiest people on earth,’ the latest book authored by him.

Soyinka said such inci­dents were fast becoming a way of life, especially in the North, arguing that as a community of human beings, we must mobilise against such.

He said: “Has it got to be COVID-19 that we take stringent actions? Is it going to be an ab­normality like COVID-19 that compels us to shut down if necessary and I mean shut down? I think we are reaching the point where in any state where any child is kidnapped that state should shut down com­pletely and other states in sympathy, solidarity should shut down some of their activities.

Adeola Abejide

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