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Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Bad Guys would have Finished Nigeria if Jonathan had won – Prof. Soyinka

The Bad Guys would have Finished Nigeria if Jonathan had won – Prof. Soyinka

 Prof. Wole Soyinka,

Respect Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has declared that he does not regret his support for President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general elections, adding that Nigeria would not have survived four more years of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s rule.
Soyinka added that the revelation of stolen loot such as the arms purchase fraud justified his position that in the era of Jonathan, Nigeria was being run aground.

In his words: “We were left with two credible contestants in terms of catchment area for the nation. We had reached, in my view, the bottom. I became convinced that if this country underwent 4 more years under President Jonathan, the country would run aground completely. I looked at the record and said this cannot go on, this has to stop.”

The Nobel laureate said this at a programme titled, ‘Channels Book Club’ on Tuesday.

He confessed that he used to have a bad impression of Buhari who he once described as a “devil for whom in my calculation, no spoon existed long enough to justify the risk even of an impromptu snack.”

However, Soyinka said many of his trusted companions were able to convince him during the elections that Buhari had changed and that the highhandedness that characterised his military rule in the 1980s could not be repeated during a democratic rule.

He said, “Then I looked at this man who had contested elections three times before and said he would not contest anymore and then decided to throw his hat in the ring. I talked to people and I said do you know what you’re doing?

“And after weighing all the options, I said let’s try a new one. And since in electoral terms, he was the one, I guardedly, with reservations, announced that no, not a continuation under Jonathan.

“And so very reluctantly, I want this on record, because I made it quite clear, I weighed the two of them and I said this nation stands a better chance under Buhari. And what has been coming out now? Look at all that has been coming out? Look at the figures (loot) which virtually hammer one into the ground just the sheer enormity of the robbery of this nation that is getting exposed progressively. It shows that we did not make a bad choice.”

When asked if he was completely satisfied with Buhari’s six months in office, Soyinka said, “Not totally but Buhari has proven that there is such a thing as a born again democrat.”

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