Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has frowned at President Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence on establishing grazing routes around the country despite public outcry against the policy.
The renowned playwright said the president may be suffering from “mental delusion.”
“It’s like there’s some delusion about this thing, a kind of mental delusion about this thing. What is it?” Soyinka queried, as he addressed a press conference in Lagos on Friday.
The Nobel laureate added that Buhari may also be suffering from deafening noise from his son’s wedding bells last weekend.
“Perhaps the sound, the noise of the wedding bells (Yusuf Buhari) has contributed to the possible impairment of the hearing of the president of this nation. Because he does not seem to hear anything,” Soyinka lampooned, wondering why the president was obsessed “about something which is being rejected, right, left and centre.”
In April and July, Southern Governors’ Forum at their meetings in Asaba and Lagos respectively announced a ban on open grazing in the region, setting a September 1 deadline for full implementation.
Soyinka alleged that there was perhaps another agenda behind Buhari’s setting up of a committee to recover old grazing routes across the country.
“And when we think of all that discussions, all that debates is settled in rational terms, along comes a new version of RUGA with the president insisting on sending his agents out to go and map out and recover the old grazing reserves when governments and people, experts, agronomists, businesspeople are saying this is the business and should be conducted in this particular way.” Why is the president obsessed about something that is being rejected by the people?” The activist queried.
“The obsession is on such a level that even people who consider themselves rational, like myself, begin to wonder whether this is really all about cattle. Perhaps there are other kinds of agenda that we don’t know about.”