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People who are supposed to be on trial are in high political positions – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has expressed concern over the pervasive impunity in Nigeria, saying that corrupt individuals who should be facing trial are now prominent figures dominating the nation’s political scene

The playwright spoke during an interview with Noble Nigeria, wherein he opined that for the country to move forward, the Constitution has to be rewritten.

When asked about how to solve the current economic, socio-political, and socio-cultural problems, he said: “First thing if we got to cure the culture of impunity, there are people in high positions today, in the legislative houses that are holding key positions in the committees of the legislative houses who are supposed to be on trial.

“Even the judiciary which comes under criticism as well; even the judiciary is often hampered by the technicalities which are used to postpone the day of judgement. This is a fact and that gives these criminals the opportunity to aspire and to obtain high positions of protection or immunity from prosecution and so we have a backlog of reckoning.

“Those who are supposed to be going to court on serious charges that have been levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), they are dominating the political scene.”