“The government at the time of Ige’s killers know the truth. That government protected – I repeat – protected, and rewarded his killers.
Those were exactly the words of Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday titled, “Trivialise corruption, Neutralise justice”.
Soyinka disclosed that the government of Olusegun Obasanjo rewarded the murderers of former Minister of Justice, Bola Ige.
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Chief Bola Ige (SAN), was a Nigerian lawyer and politician who served as Federal Minister of Justice for Nigeria between January, 3 2000 – December 23, 2001 when he was murdered.
Bola Ige was shot dead at his home in the south-western city of Ibadan.
Soyinka lamented that Impunity stalks the land and that it is virtually lording it all social interstices, he also said that Impunity’s ravages churn the mind.
You may recall that, On 23 December 2001, Bola Ige was shot dead at his home in the south-western city of Ibadan. He had been entangled in squabbles within his Alliance for Democracy party in Osun State.
The previous week, the long-running feud between Osun state Governor Bisi Akande and his deputy, Iyiola Omisore, had apparently contributed to the death of an Osun State legislator, Odunayo Olagbaju.
The government of President Olusegun Obasanjo deployed troops in south-western Nigeria to try to prevent a violent reaction to the murder.
Although various people were arrested and tried for involvement in the murder, including Iyiola Omisore, all were acquitted.
As of November 2019 the killers had not been found. He was buried in Ibadan.
In a speech at his funeral, he was quoted as saying that he was sure that Nigeria was worth living for but he was not so sure that it was worth dying for.