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Prof. Wole Soyinka Hits Government & Religious Leaders Over Nonchalant Attitudes (COVID-19)

The Nigerian PlayWright Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka (Wole Soyinka) aged 85, has in a very high manner criticised the response of the Nigerian government and religious leaders over COVID-19.

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Prof. Wole Soyinka

Over the weekend some preachers in Nigeria, ignored government directives about social distancing and went ahead with Sunday services, which were attended by thousands of members of their churches.

The Noble Laureate, who lives in Nigeria which has 46 cases of Covid-19, told the BBC’s Charles Mgbolu:

Prof Soyinka said the government should have had enough isolation centres, well-stocked pharmacies and research centres that would have helped deal with the world-wide crises Coronavirus.

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The Playwright said the government ought to take on religious institutions who continue to violate government’s  directive.

He said this;

“What the government should do in such instances is to take note of these contraveners of common sense and ensure that they are punished after this crisis is over or at some point or the other.

We have to take on churches and mosques, religions of any kind including traditional religions that misbehave and let them understand that they are living in very different times than that of their imagination.”

Hitherto, Soyinka has been in self-isolation at his home for nine days, after returning from the United States.

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