The Cattle of a Republic and Failure of Leadership

The Cattle of a Republic and Failure of Leadership

Nigeria and cattle are on a collision. I cannot understand why we cannot manage this paralysis. Cattle could put this nation on a regrettable path. This is becoming “a savage custom, barbaric, outdated, rejected, denounced, accursed, excommunicated, archaic, degrading, humiliating, unspeakable, redundant, retrogressive, remarkable, unpalatable.”

You could have noticed that I quoted Wole Soyinka’s Lakunle, in The Lion and the Jewel, as the teacher spoke to Sidi. Yours truly acted as Lakunle in the secondary school’s drama society where memorizing drama, Shakespeare, etc was part of life. And most of those lines have refused to go! Sure, they helped those days Ifeoma was doing shakara. Lol

People, cattle must NOT destroy Nigeria. It is high time Mr. President shows leadership on this. We need to be living to eat meat in Nigeria. This is simply no more a distraction, it is a problem now. Yes, when the police lie to protect cattle, you will agree that Nigeria is on a bad path.

Wole Soyinka is a sage and one of the most respected academics in the world. In some societies, he would be a national symbol. But here,… very unfortunate. Mr. President, you need to lead on this cattle thing.

Mr Soyinka, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, narrated how the cattle invaded his home, how they were removed and how the police took time to arrive the scene after they were invited.
The police in Ogun had claimed in a statement Tuesday that only one cow stayed into Mr Soyinka’s compound.

“The entire place was inspected by the DPO and it was established that it was just a case of stray cow as nothing was damaged or tampered with,” the police said.

Mr Soyinka has now said that the narrative of the police is false.

“I thoroughly resent the police version which suggests that the cows never invaded my home: home is not just a building; it includes its grounds. And it was not a stray cow, or two or three. It was a herd – we have photos, so why the lie? It is so unnecessary, unprofessional and suspiciously compromised,” Mr Soyinka wrote.

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  1. “It is high time Mr. President shows leadership on this.” Whenever you write this kind of line, I keep wondering where you get your motivation or inspiration from. Your Mr President never led, not leading, and will never lead. Buhari has no surprises for anyone, he has given his all, so I do not know where people expect him to deliver from, he has nothing left.

    I watched Soyinka this afternoon, where he was interviewed via a video on AriseTv, he said something about making a major announcement soon, that the issue of cattle rearing as a business needs to be addressed once and for all.

    As for the Police, it’s not clear what truly controls that organisation, because differing from Soyinka, I don’t know who will believe Police’s version, it never had great credibility, and when pitted against a sage, a legend, obviously they have nothing believable to tell anyone.

    One of Buhari’s talking heads told us the other day that the president must not comment on everything, else he becomes a talkative. That’s what a presidential spokesman said to Nigerians, with straight face! And we are here urging him to lead, seriously? His boys insult Nigerians whenever they open their mouths, and he’s cool with that, if he’s not oblivious anyway.

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