Forget existence of PMB’s administration for your sanity, Soyinka urges Nigerians

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Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has advised Nigerians to ignore the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for their sanity.

Soyinka disclosed this in an exclusive interview with KAFTAN TV while appraising the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.

When squeezed whether the project is a plus to the current administration, the Professor of Comparative Literature and Nobel Prize winner for Literature opted not to speak for his own mental health.

“I don’t want to talk on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration at all,” he said.

“I think it is best for my sanity just to avoid that overall question. I can take bits and pieces of Nigeria’s present predicament. But I think for one’s sense of balance, one should just forget the existence of the Buhari administration.”

Mr Soyinka supported Buhari’s election in 2015 but turned against him before the polls in 2019 after he repeatedly accused the president of poor performance and maladministration.

He has since turned into a stern critic, expressing displeasure for the current government at the slightest instance.

The 86-year-old playwright in June said he doesn’t think “there’s anybody in-charge at Aso Rock”.

And in a piece titled, “INFRADIG – A Presidential Comeuppance” in December, he flayed the president’s response to the National Assembly summons to “rub minds urgently over a people’s security anxieties as one who still struggled to preserve the tattered remains of his ‘Born-Again’ democratic camouflage.”

Nonetheless, Soyinka admitted satisfaction with the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.

He said, “It’s a work-in-progress but a very impressive work-in-progress considering the difficulty of really executing anything in this country.

“We are looking at a virtual transport revolution, long-overdue in this nation.”

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