Look at what Prof. Wole Soyinka has to say to President Buhari about Ige’s killers.
NewsReport gathered that Prof Wole Soyinka has urged President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to ensure the exposure of the assassins of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, in order to restore what he called “the broken lines of justice.”
The playwright wondered what had happened to President Obama’s promise to launch an investigation into the country’s recent spate of political assassinations.
On December 23, 2001, unidentified gunmen assassinated Ige, an ex-governor of old Oyo State, at his home in Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Soyinka’s position was expressed in a letter to Ige’s daughter, Mrs Funso Adegbola, on the occasion of the Bola Ige For Justice Centre’s “20th Bola Ige Memorial Symposium: Two Decades of Injustice: What Are the Implications for Nigerian Democracy?” event in Lagos on Tuesday.
Soyinka wrote, “President Muhammadu Buhari, what has become of your robust pledge to open an enquiry into the spate of political murders that the nation has undergone in recent years? Does it all amount to yet another instance of political bravado? While we all accept that all lives should be valued equally, some impose a special responsibility on those in governance.
“Bola Ige, as the nation’s Minister of Justice, and United Nation’s civil servant designate, was unarguably one of such. A nation’s honour is in question and remains so until the hour of closure. Thus, she must never relent in demanding an explanation for his brutal murder. Expose the perpetrators, identify the conspirators and reinstate the broken lines of justice.
“At the very least, we need a formal declaration regarding those who displayed an abnormal interest in the fates of those accused, to a level of proven, documented interference both in the investigative process and within the judiciary.
“I am not alone in having written and lectured on these sordid aspects that fuelled the subversion of justice. There are surviving witnesses.”
Stating that unsolved crimes only lead to a culture of impunity, the essayist said such a situation puts the entire nation at risk, no matter the privilege of high-level protection.