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.