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Nigeria paid huge price for impunity, says Soyinka  

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
22 May 2022   |   2:52 am
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday, called for the removal of the Imam of the National mosque over his endorsement of the killing of a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel.

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Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday, called for the removal of the Imam of the National mosque over his endorsement of the killing of a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel.

  
Soyinka noted that Nigerians and the country at large have paid a huge price for impunity and continued to suffer from the same ‘menace’.
 
Soyinka spoke in Abuja during the one-year remembrance of the late former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, organised by the Foundation established by his widow, Mrs. Fati Attahiru.
 
Speaking at the event, the Nobel laureate also cautioned Nigerians on lynching people anyhow in the name of religion, insisting that it was high time the culture of impunity was eradicated in the country.
 
‘’We have already continued to pay a too high a price for the culture of appeasement and impunity. Let it end now in the name of all those who have served this nation and given their lives for this nation.
 
‘’But the new generation should also be programmed to aspire to brutish existence below the lowest common denominator of what constitutes human. Surely, that is where any self-respecting nation should draw its defining unbridgeable line,’’ he said.
 
The Ogun State-born professor also extolled the late COAS for his service to the nation.
 
In her remarks, Hajiya Aisha El-Rufai, one of the wives of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, also dismissed a report that those killing people anyhow all in the name of ‘blasphemy’ were doing so because of Islam.
 
She said, ‘’Permit me to say that these people are people we should talk about just like another person who robs and kills the other person, just like a pervert Muslim who rapes a three-month-old baby or like a crazy Christian who rapes a six-year-old girl.
 
‘’These people are not doing this with the backing of any religion. Whatever reason they might give their choice, they are not for Prophet Mohammed.
 
‘’Islam does not preach what they do and the prophet, if alive, would not have allowed such madness done to anyone. I feel it is necessary to defend him and the religion, which these crazy people smear with their crazy actions.’’