Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and other prominent Nigerians paid tribute to the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
Soyinka who spoke in Abuja during the one year remembrance of the late former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, organised by his Foundation established by his widow, Mrs Fati Attahiru, said Nigerians and the country at large have paid huge price to impunity and continued to suffer from the same menace.
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The Nobel laureate also cautioned Nigerians against lynching people anyhow all in the name of religion, insisting that it was high time culture of impunity was eradicated in the country.
‘’We have already continued to pay too high a price for the culture of appeasement and impunity. Let it end now in the name of all those who have served this nation and given their lives for this nation.
“But the new generation should also be programmed to aspire to brutish existence below the lowest common denominator of what constitutes human’,’ he said.
Soyinka also extolled the late COAS for his service to the nation, charging the management of General Ibrahim Attahiru Foundation (GIAF) to sustain his legacy.
In her remarks, Hajiya Aisha El-Rufai, one of the wives of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, also dismissed a report that those killing people anyhow all in the name of ‘blasphemy’ were doing so because of Islam.
She said, ‘’Islam does not preach what they do and the prophet if alive would not have allowed such a madness done to anyone. I feel it is necessary to defend him and the religion which this crazy people smear with their crazy actions.’’