Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that wild dogs even exhibited more civilised table manners than the Department of State Service (DSS) in court manners.
This is coming on the hell of attempted arrest of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore inside the court by a DSS official.
The literary icon in a statement titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’ on Friday said “little did I suspect that the state children of disobedience would aspire to the level of the African wild dogs on a pack hunt.
“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.”
Recall that Soyinka had on Thursday in a statement the issue pointed out the near-perfect similarity between plain crude thuggery and the current rage of court disobedience.
While apologising 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.
“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,” the Nobel Laureate said.