Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka on Wednesday castigated the Nigerian government for its inefficiency in fighting corruption in the country, saying that many people should be in jail if the system worked.
Soyinka noted that corruption cases involving some state governors, about which much evidence had already been gathered, were suddenly dropped without any tangible reason.
The playwright explained this on African Independent Television’s Kakaaki program, adding that the system was so corrupted that cases were dragged out by all sorts of technicalities.
He said, “There are so many people who should be in jail if this government had not gotten out of hand, and that is how the system is manipulated.
“There are cases where prosecutors have gone so far as to produce evidence against governors who have stolen and deposited piecemeal in order not to disobey a certain regulation.
“I mean, the cases were brought to this level and all of a sudden there was silence.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which I have massively supported since the days of (Nuhu) Ribadu, can no longer distinguish between right and left in many ways.”
Asked if the National Assembly, which is dominated by the All Progressives Congress, was not putting enough pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari, he said the NASS still had a lot to do in its relationship with the president.
However, Soyinka said the desire of some lawmakers for committee positions “where I think all the goodies are shared” has forced them to compromise.
He added, “It’s the responsibility of the electorate to remind them of those failures; those failures to meet expectations the next time they come up for election.”