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Soyinka tasks Buhari on probe of political murders

By Waliat Musa
22 December 2021   |   4:10 am
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to disclose the outcome of his “robust pledge to open an enquiry into the spate of political murders that the nation has undergone in recent years”.

Wole Soyinka

• At Bola Ige’s 20th memorial
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to disclose the outcome of his “robust pledge to open an enquiry into the spate of political murders that the nation has undergone in recent years”.

Soyinka made this known in a letter he addressed to Mrs. Funso Adegbola, daughter of the late Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige.

The letter was written to commemorate 20th year of the Bola Ige Memorial Symposium, themed: ‘Two Decades of Injustice: What Are the Implications on Nigerian Democracy’, organised by the Bola Ige for Justice Centre.

The event was held at the Lagos Airport Hotel Ikeja, yesterday.

The letter reads in part: “I particularly regret my absence, as it provides a mandatory, inescapable occasion for directing a question at the nation’s current leader, President Buhari, a demand that the entire nation, no matter the political inclination of her citizens, is morally obliged to make. My message proceeds –

“President Muhammadu Buhari, what has become of your robust pledge to open an enquiry into the spate of political murders that the nation has undergone in recent years?

“Does it all amount to yet another instance of political bravado? While we all accept that all lives should be valued equally, some impose a special responsibility on those in governance.

“Bola Ige, as the nation’s Minister of Justice, and United Nations’ civil servant designate, was unarguably one such. A nation’s honour is in question and remains so until the hour of closure.

“Thus, she must never relent in demanding an explanation for his brutal murder, expose the perpetrators, identify the conspirators and reinstate the broken lines of justice.

“At the very least, we need a formal declaration regarding those who displayed an abnormal interest in the fates of those accused, to a level of proven, documented interference both in the investigative process, and within the judiciary. I am not alone in having written and lectured on these sordid aspects that fuelled the subversion of justice. There are surviving witnesses.

“Unsolved crimes only lead to a culture of impunity. This puts the entire nation at risk, no matter the privilege of high-level protection. This is a lesson that Nigerian leadership has yet to learn. President Buhari, share the rewards of your investigations – if any!!!”