Amotekun: Soyinka blasts Balarabe for calling initiative a secession plot by south-west/ Soyinka

Nobel Laurate, Wole Soyinka, has tackled erstwhile governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, over a recent claim credited to him that the newly launched Operation Amotekun by south-west government governors was an attempt to declare Oduduwa Republic.

The initiative, reported by NVS, has continued to generate dusts across the country, with many opposing the establishment of the security outfit, while others are backing it.

Balarabe, had in a recent interview with a national daily, faulted the establishment of the security outfit, alleging it was a secession plot by the south-west region.

But reacting on Tuesday, Soyinka described the elder statesman’s comment as unfortunate.

Soyinka said: “Balarabe is sadly but I hope not tragically wrong. I invoke the tragic dimension here because the making of tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken or promoted as facts, and governments either by themselves, or together with interest groups, are enticed by fears into embarking on precipitate, irrational, and irreversible acts.

 “Such acts turn out, in the end, to be based on nothing but fears, sometimes generated by guilt over past injustices, such as inequitable dealing. That is the basis of tragedy, towards which nations are propelled by a partial, or wrongful reading of socio-political realities and history. I would like to see this nation avoid such a blunder. So, I am certain, would Balarabe Musa.

“Raising the spectre of secession is a facile approach to the dangerous, self-evident lapses in governance which Balarabe himself acknowledges in his response to the Amotekun principle made flesh. The midwives of Amotekun have repeatedly acknowledged that theirs is only a contribution towards a crisis of escalating proportions. Other states should be encouraged to emulate, not misread such initiatives, then demonise them by false attributions. That is the certain recipe for tragedy.”