Nobel Laureate, Professor, Wole Soyinka has upported the moves by some members of the National Assembly (NASS) to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari over what they described as his failure to provide the needed security for the citizens.
Soyinka, who spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
He spoke during an interactive session organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abeokuta Club; submitted that President Buhari has breached the “contract of democracy” following his inability to halt the spate of terrorism across Nigeria.
The interactive session, themed: “Good Governance or Mis-governance: The Contract called Democracy”, had Professor Soyinka as the moderator; while Falana; the Registrar, Joint Administration and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede; a lawyer and Chartered Accountant, Gbenga Adeoye; a businessman in the state , Ogo-Oluwa Bankole and the spokesman of the Electricity Distribution Companies, Sunday Oduntan were the panelists.
Soyinka said, “Good governance or mis-governance, the contract called democracy. A democracy indicates a contract that is why the candidate puts on a manifesto on the basis of that manifesto or they either be accepted or rejected.
“Very often, the grounds for breach of contract, I think we all agree; is mis-governance…One of the ways of breaking this kind of contract we know even before the duration of a contract is known as impeachment.
“…The reason we will go by some legislators to impeach the president who is the head of government. In fact, one cleric has gone even further , he believes that the impeachment should take place not in the legislative home; but in the bush with the kidnappers…He appealed to the kidnappers to quicken the process by impeaching the president and take him away and some of his aides and one or two governors.”
The Nobel Laureate also criticised the decision of the president to choose his successor; adding that this shows that Buhari has breached the contract of democracy.
“In any democracy, any president, any prime minister or whatever is entitled to one vote.
”We are not saying we should disenfranchise somebody because they are on top of governance. They had the right to campaign for any candidate they liked.
”But there is nothing in any constitution that I know of; in any democratic constitution; which says that the head of government should appoint his or her successor. I am not aware of it and this is a head of governance who is generally agreed; I believe, as having failed, having mis-governed to the point that impeachment is being considered.”