Soyinka urges Buhari to disclose those that killed Chief Bola and restore justice.

Prof Wole Soyinka, an elder statesman, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to ensure the exposure of the murders 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 writer asked 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 residence in Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Soyinka’s opinion 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.”

According to the author, unsolved crimes only contribute to a culture of impunity, putting the entire nation at risk, regardless of the luxury of high-level protection.

Conclusively, Soyinka stated, “This is a lesson that Nigerian leadership has yet to learn. President Buhari, share the rewards of your investigations– If any!!!”

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