Speaking on various issues affecting the country, Soyinka also insisted that the only way Nigeria can continue as one is to decentralize as the continued situation in the country cannot make Nigeria stay together.
Soyinka also said the country cannot continue as a country if it fails to decentralize, urging the government to take the issue seriously.
“Do I think Nigeria can continue as one? Not if it continues this way, not if it fails to decentralize; some people call it restructuring, others use whatever word. But if Nigeria fails to decentralize, as fast as possible, manifestly and not rhetorically, then Nigeria cannot stay together.
“Ex-heads of state have said it, politicians, Generals, analysts, economists, others have all said it. When sectional leaders cannot answer the people’s existential yearnings, don’t be surprised if the people start saying we want Tiv nation, we want Kanuri nation, we want Biafra nation, we want the Yoruba nation, don’t be surprised to hear it. It’s because you are not being taken seriously.