Speaking with Arise Television programme on Saturday, Clarifying his recent statement that it would be best for his sanity to forget about the existence of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Soyinka said Nigerians should learn to take responsibility for their own survival.
Soyinka also urged other states yet to launch their security outfits to do so quickly as the insecurity in the country has reached a “stage of desperation”.
“I can tell you exactly what I meant by that. I meant that we citizens have got to take a very good look at huge gout in governance, the lacuna in governance in this nation, and then take responsibility for their own survival,” he said.
“This is what makes our own responsibilities for ourselves as citizens even more difficult because when drama like that happens we go to the very heart of our existence as human beings to see our children have been swept up not for the first time and we cannot have a clear sequence of events articulated by the security agencies, by the government so that we can even take on our own against such events happening in the nation.
“But when we reach that stage you no longer talk of a nation but of a contraption struggling along.
“The sovereignty of this nation is in the hands of murdering herdsmen; the sovereignty of this nation has already been taken over by Boko Haram, Islam, those who do nothing at the slightest respect for what is called national integrity.
“I am very glad that northern elites are now speaking out boldly and practically and at the same time all these states, I’d like them to come out, passing these message to those who have not yet launched their own Amotekun.
“If they don’t hurry, I will launch my own o.” He added.