Writer, authors, journalists and authors can be ministers too, WRITERSWOOD insists.
Benin City, 23rd October, 2015…In the euphoria generated by the choice of who to be or who not to be among those chosen to serve as ministers in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, two key issues stood out. One was that the choices of those considered fit to be made ministers was made as if there was a deliberate plan to reward the political friends and allies of Mr. President with these positions. The second is that women are few.
WritersWood seeks to highlight that there was no consideration whatsoever for any writer, journalist poet or author of Nigerian extraction locally or internationally. We believe that even though Mr. President has the power to appoint whosoever he deems fit to serve, the development of a nation can no longer be in the hands of politicians alone. ‘Writers, authors, poets and journalists are thinkers and logicians who give a human face to decisions that affect the rank and the file. In the days of old, great nations were built by King-philosophers and Philosopher-Kings’, Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku, WritersWood CEO has said.
We recall that one of the most indefatigable champions of the travails of the environment, Kenule Saro-Wiwa, who fought behemoths like Shell, and dictators like Sani Abacha, was a writer, author and poet, who had initially served as a commissioner in the Rivers State government. His activism in and out of government brought international recognition to the plight of the Ogoni, environmental degradation and pollution in the Niger Delta.
‘The present government needs the intellectual backup of writers, authors and journalists. Therefore, what an administration like the Muhammadu Buhari, hinged on the concept of change needs is a potpourri of Nigerians whose literary achievements and contributions to the development of Nigeria stand us all in good stead. Nigerian writers, poets and authors like Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie, Wole Soyinka, Femi Osofisan have made contributions to the growth and development of the mentality of Nigerians as much as any other professional group. It is to that end that at least a writer, poet or journalist should have been considered for a position of service in an administration professing change in Nigeria’, Etemiku said.
About WRITERSWOOD: We believe that the development of a Nation depends on the development of the human brain and its faculties. To that end, we support programmes and activities that support the development of the mentality of Nigerians through creative writing seminars, workshops and capacity building programmes.
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