Nigeria: On Corruption As Far As I Am Concerned Buhari Has Scored a Pass - Soyinka

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Prof. Wole Soyinka.
24 April 2019

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said his generation has failed the poples of Nigeria this came as he said that on corruption as far as I am concerned President Muhammdua Buhari has scored a pass.

Soyinka speaking on a BBC programme, "Hard Talk." anchored by Zeinab Badawi, Soyinka said the dreams people of his generation had about the country have not materialised.

Asked: "Has your generation of older Nigerians failed the people?"

He said: "Yes, I believe so. "I compare today with dreams and aspirations we had when we all rushed home after studies abroad. We considered ourselves the renaissance people that are going to lift the continent to world standards, competitors anywhere. It hasn't happened."

Commenting on the 2019 presidential election, Soyinka said: "The 2019 election is one of the most depressing elections we've been through. Talking for myself, it wasn't possible for me to make a choice for the simple reason that both candidates (President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar) both had histories-- one immediate, one past --which made one look for alternatives."

"General Buhari didn't really win the first election, he won by default. It was impossible to continue with Jonathan (back in 2015),"

"As it happened, yes, I did use that expression 'born again democrat'. When somebody competes in an election three, four times and persists, he must believe in democracy... the circumstances in Nigeria, the fact that Nigerians have shown the military what a huge failure they were makes it possible for one to identify the possibility of exceptions when they seem to behave like democrats.

"But in any case, I kept emphasising that Nigerians had a very difficult choice and as I said, It was between the devil and the deep blue sea."

Asked if he believes that salvation of Nigeria lies in the hand of the young

He said: 'I want us to define young very carefully. Talking about young minds there are some young people who are very old who infact are compromised worse than even the rulers. Am talking about those with fresh vision, those who feel ashamed of what Nigeria is today, who are not complacent, who have travelled the world a bit and seen how things are done and achieved in other places and analysed the problem of Nigeria and not contempt to continue with the old method of governance, principles, who get their priorities right.

'When we started encouraging the young people to come out there was one person spearheading the movement, they could have come out with a consensus candidate, but the movement one of the old ... hijacked the movement simply because he wanted to be at head of government.

'Let me give you an exception I think is in Kano state this candidate went on cycle he went door to door campaigning If it could be done in Brazil why can't it be done

Corruption

Now we get to the large problem and at the heart of it indisputably we have the issue of CORRUPTION it is a humongous issues

and I frankly despise those who tried to trivialised it because they do not like that face of those or the man behind it or he has failed in other respect but it is no longer business as usual in Nigeria you have bankers who are on trials, you have legislatures, who are on trails, former governors the moment they step out of office they were grabbed by the anti-corrution agencies they are standing trails so there is a change in as far as corruption is concerned.

On corruption as far as I am concerned Buhari has scored a pass. The young generation has got to be made to understand that the country is their's

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