Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says dogs act more civilised than the operatives of the Department of State Services that stormed the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
Soyinka said this in a statement titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’ on Friday.
He said, “A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild dogs hunt, eventually bring down, and proceed to devour a quarry.
“It was an impala, antelope family. The pack isolated the most vulnerable looking member of the herd – it was pregnant – pursued it, until it fled to a waterhole which, for such animals, is the nearest thing to a sanctuary.
“A few minutes ago, almost as it was happening, I watched the video of a pack of the DSS bring down, and fight over their unarmed, totally defenceless quarry within the sanctuary of a court of law.
“I found little or no difference between the two scenarios, except that the former, the wild dogs, exhibited more civilised table manners than the DSS in court manners.”
The playwright recalled that only on Thursday in his commentary on the ongoing Sowore issue, he had pointed out the near-perfect similarity between plain crude thuggery and the current rage of court disobedience.
“Little did I suspect that the state children of disobedience would aspire to the level of the African wild dogs on a pack hunt,” he said.
Soyinka apologised for underestimating the shameful depths the DSS could go.
He reminded the Muhammadu Buhari government that obedience to court orders was the cornerstone of democracy.
The Nobel Laureate said, “May I remind this government that disobedience calls to disobedience, and that disobedience of the orders of the constitutional repository of the moral authority of arbitration – the judiciary – can only lead eventually to a people’s disregard of the authority of other arms of civil society, a state of desperation that is known, recognised and accepted as – civil disobedience.
“It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority. That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.”
In what seemed to be a final warning to the President, the octogenarian asked Buhari to control his dogs.
“It has become imperative and urgent to send this message to President-General Buhari: Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience.
“And for a start, get a trainer to teach them some basic court manners!” Soyinka said. Punch