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Soyinka, Femi Falana blasts Dame Jonathan over Rivers State crisis


Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has condemned the Rivers State crisis and accused Jonathan’s wife, Patience, of becoming a tool of destabilisation with a mission to shut down the apparatus of the State.

Soyinka, at a meeting with journalists in Lagos, said it was regrettable that Patience was giving tacit support to those opposing Amaechi’s authority.

�Too much is too much. She is now being used to reduce the authority of an elected governor,” he said as he described the situation in the state as an emergency.

Although the playwright enjoined Jonathan to intervene in the crisis in order to restore normalcy to the State Assembly and the entire state, he fired a salvo at him: His seeming indifference led to the pandemonium in the Assembly on Tuesday.

He said, �There is a certain way a leader can convey certain coded messages to his followers and they will be acting accordingly. That President Jonathan might not have openly declared support for what is going on, his comportment, his carriage and most especially, his silence might have indicated his meddlesomeness in the matter.”

Making a comparison between Tuesday’s incident on the floor of the Assembly and the circumstances that led to the 12th Century murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, on the orders of King Henry II, he warned that the crisis in Rivers might lead the country into what he described as absolute monarchism, if not quickly checked.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, who was at the meeting, urged Nigerians to disregard the �illegality” being perpetuated in the Rivers Assembly.

�There is a Speaker known to everyone, while the other one is unknown, even to the President,” he said as he called for the removal of the state Commissioner of Police for his role in the crisis

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