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Wole Soyinka, Tunde Bakare urges President Jonathan to intervene in Ogun crisis

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, and Leader of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) Tunde Bakare have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the crisis in the Ogun House of Assembly, to save the situation from further degenerating.

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, and the convener of the SNG, Tunde Bakare, both indigenes of Ogun State, called on Mr. Jonathan to ensure that acts that run contrary to justice and constitution should not be allowed to subsist.

Mr. Soyinka condemned what he said was the growing illegalities witnessed in some states’ assemblies in recent past.

“The nation is bored by this kind of gerrymandering around the truth and legality. We are tired of the avalanche of impunities being experienced in the country,” he said.

Mr. Soyinka described the impeachment of the Speaker of Ogun State has “one of the crudest assaults on the nation’s democracy and an act of treason against the people. Anyone who keeps quiet at this point is equally guilty of treason against the people,” he added.

He said the first task before the lawmakers was to make peace with the people they represent because “the people have been violated.”

The Ogun State House of Assembly was sealed on the 6th of September after a purported impeachment of the Speaker, Tunji Egbetokun, by nine members of the assembly. The group of nine members thereafter approved the controversial N100 billion bond for the state government and passed the supplementary budget.

Mr. Bakare said the assembly should be reopened so that the two factions can discuss their grievances within the ambit of the law. He said the SNG’s intervention in the Ogun crisis was mainly on the side of the constitution and the rule of law.

“The Speaker should be allowed to call a meeting of the whole House where all related issues can be resolved for a lasting peace in the House and the state at large,” he said.

“The contending groups came to us unsolicited and made their presentations. We have also met with the governor on the issue and resolved that the matter be settled within two weeks in the interest of democracy,” he said.

Lawless nation

The Lagos-based pastor also described the events culminating in the impeachment of the Speaker as a continuation of the lawlessness in the nation in the last 11 years.

“We have seen the abduction of a sitting governor in Anambra, the impeachment of a governor in Plateau by five lawmakers, the abduction of lawmakers by the EFCC to impeach governors, and the wanton perpetration of arson in Anambra, to mention a few,” he said.

“It is unfortunate that the National Assembly, which ought to intervene in the matter, has maintained an undignified silence on the Ogun House debacle,” he added.