Northern Group Hits Back At MASSOB + Religion Is Number One Problem For Nigerians – Wole Soyinka

2023 Presidency: Nobody Asked Igbo to Beg, but Lobby, Northern Group Replies MASSOB

Northern socio-cultural organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at the weekend reacted to comments by officials of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) that Igbo would not beg to be President of Nigeria in 2023.

In a swift reaction, ACF Spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe said nobody told southeast politicians to beg, but to lobby and reach out to stakeholders across the country, instead of hauling insults against other Nigerians in a bid to get the presidency, The Sun reports.

The ACF chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh had penultimate Thursday, December 9, advised Igbo to lobby if they wanted 2023 presidency.

The northern group wants the Igbo leaders to meet with other regions and join forces rather than hurl insults.
However, Yawe said lobbying in democracy is not begging, adding that if MASSOB feels otherwise, “it is their business”.

According to ACF Spokesman: “Nobody said they should beg for political power. We only said it is better for the South East politicians to go round the country and hold discussions from their compatriots in order to convince them that it is only fair to allow them have a shot at the presidency.

“In a democracy this is called lobbying not begging. If MASSOB feels otherwise, it is their business. This is what we are talking about – the freedom to talk & act freely. They are free. This is their country. They are entitled to everything the country can offer.”

Why Religion Is Number One Problem For Nigerians, Wole Soyinka Gives Reason

Professor Wole Soyinka has highlighted Nigeria’s number one problem and why Nigerians are being affected by it to a large extent
The Nobel laureate disclosed recently that religion is one major problem that is hindering Nigerians from being free
The renowned writer hinted further that now is the time for religion to be treated as a crime against humanity in Nigeria
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has singled out religion as the number one problem hindering Nigerians from being liberated as “rational beings.”

Channels TV reports that the venerated writer made the comment while speaking recently with a professor of African Literature, Dr. Louisa Egbunike.

Wole Soyinka highlights why religion is number one problem for Nigerians
The Road readings by Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka (right) at DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2010. Photo credit: Ramesh Sharma/The India Today Group
He said:

“All over the place, I find that religion has been cosseted too much. And liberty has been taken by religionists, which would not be considered to other movements which are considered secularists.
“Religion has become the number one problem for Nigerians. Hope is all very well; but hope itself can become putrid. Especially if it is hope for unearned advantages in society. If religion becomes an excuse for flouting the law, then that religion has got to be tackled head-on.
“So this is what has become the daily reality of Nigerians. So religion has got to be put in its place in order for people to be liberated as rational beings, beings of volition, who can tackle the problems of existence in a rational, collective way, rather than by insisting that it is only along one route that society can be transformed.”
Soyinka at 87: Throwback video of Nigerian literary icon receiving Nobel prize in literature in 1986 emerges
Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Wole Soyinka wrote Nigeria and Africa’s name in gold when he bagged the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1986.

Wikipedia records that Soyinka’s recognition made him the first sub-Saharan African to receive the global prize.

A video of the glorious moment Wole Soyinka was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1986 has got many gushing.

Soyinka to President Buhari: Set up government of national unity now
In another report, Prof. Wole Soyinka has proffered a solution to the current woes being faced by Nigeria. According to him, the best way to solve the country’s problem is for President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a government of national unity.

The Nobel laureate disclosed this while speaking with BBC Pidgin on the state of the nation.

According to him, this becomes necessary because the majority of Nigerians don’t trust the government. He said only this way will the government earn the trust of the people, gathered.