Any State Where Children Are Kidnapped Should Shut Down In Protest – Soyinka
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Saturday said, any state where kidnapping of children takes place should shut down in protest against the act. Soyinka also advised that other neighbouring states should join the affected states to shut down. The playwright spoke shortly after an award lecture and public presentation of his new book, ‘Chronicles of the happiest people on Earth,’ in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The programme was organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Ogun State chapter, in collaboration with the Abeokuta Club. The octogenarian playwright, who lamented that the government and security agencies had failed Nigerians, said he didn’t know what else to recommend as panacea to the nation’s “abnormal times.” Soyinka added that such abductions were unacceptable and “drastic, meaningful measures” must be taken in unison. “We shouldn’t wait for an enemy, faceless, airborne, unpredictable enemy like COVID to make us shut down.