Renowned Nigeria’s Nobel Prize laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has stated that Nigerians need to take power from the claws of the Federal government in order to restructure the country.
In a recent interview with Punch, Prof. Soyinka said that the over-centralisation of the government has caused anger among constituent states.
According to him, the policy is insulting and endorses anti-healthy conflict among states. He also said Nigeria can not continue with a centralisation policy, what he defined as “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop” mentality. The writer also stated that ranches are a commercial proposition, and the ones where members of the public could go to buy cows and goats, should be created.
Wole Soyinka said:
“We cannot continue to allow a centralisation policy which makes the constituent units of this nation resentful; they say monkey dey work, baboon dey chop. And the idea of centralising revenues, allocation system, whereby you dole out. The thing is insulting and it is what I call anti-healthy rivalry. It is against the incentives to make states viable.
“I am on the side of those who say we must do everything to avoid disintegration. That language I understand. I don’t understand (ex-president Olusegun) Obasanjo’s language. I don’t understand (President Muhammadu) Buhari’s language and all their predecessors, saying the sovereignty of this nation is non-negotiable.
“It’s bloody well negotiable and we had better negotiate it. We better negotiate it, not even at meetings, not at conferences, but every day in our conduct towards one another.
“The word ‘reserve’ is the problem. If there are ranches, it doesn’t matter where they are built, ranches are a commercial proposition, it isn’t a Fulani issue. You can create ranches so that cows, goats could be bought there. This shouldn’t be an instrument of politics, race or ethnicity,” he said.