Professor Wole Soyinka has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of protecting and rewarding killers of Bola Ige. Ige, a former minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation was assassinated while serving in Obasanjo’s government.
Soyinka said Obasanjo’s government refused the offer of assistance from the United States to bring the killers to justice Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of protecting and rewarding killers of Bola Ige. Ige, a former minister of power and later justice and attorney-general of the federation, was assassinated while serving in Obasanjo’s government. According to Soyinka, Obasanjo’s government refused the offer of assistance from the United States to bring the killers to justice This was contained in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, February 5, titled “Trivialise corruption, Neutralise justice.”
The noble laureate lamented the high rate of impunity and corruption in the country which he stated, “have been trivialised to score dismissive political points.” His words: “This nation generally failed to recognize, much less learn from the murder and enabling implications of the unsolved murder of Bola Ige, the nation’s attorney-general and minister of justice. “The bar association accepted the casual disposition of its erstwhile captain and has – understandably perhaps? – moved on. For some of us however, the files are not closed. “The government at the time of Ige’s killers know the truth. That government protected – I repeat – protected, and rewarded his killers.
Those who wish to dispute this had better first immerse themselves in the circumstances of that murder, and the unconstitutional, indeed illegal trajectory of the principal accused, one that not only facilitated his unconstitutional participation in the ensuing election but catapulted him straight to the occupancy of the seat that had been kept warm for him during his trial and absence. “On release, he was ushered straight into the slot of chairman of the appropriation committee of the House of Representatives.
That was not all. The head of that government, General Olusegun Obasanjo, proceeded to burnish Ige’s memory with characteristic zeal.” Soyinka also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of “lacklustre, hands-off approach” in handling the menace of killer herdsmen which has reduced the country to slaughter fields.
Meanwhile, Soyinka, on Sunday, February 3, denied reports and claims that he belongs to the Alliance for the Defence of Democracy (ADD). He pointed out that although he was invited to a meeting on discussions for a consensus candidate, he did not honour the invitation.