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Wole Soyinka Blasts Nigerian President Jonathan, Likens Him To King Nebuchadnezzar

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Wole Soyinka Blasts Nigerian President Jonathan, Likens Him To King Nebuchadnezzar

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Dec 2nd, 2014 – Wole Soyinka Blasts Nigerian President Jonathan, Likens Him To Evil King Nebuchadnezzar

At a press conference in Lagos he titled King Nebuchadnezzar – The Reign of Impunity, Mr. Soyinka said that the battle line had been drawn and Nigerians must decide whether to submit or resist to the current democratic dispensation.

“I shall not insist that the biblical figure of Nebuchadnezzar is uniquely apt for the pivotal figure of the ‘democratic’ history in the making at this moment,” said Mr. Soyinka. “For one thing, Nebu was a nation builder and a warrior. One could argue even more convincingly for the figure of Balthazar, his successor, or indeed Emperor Nero as reference point – you all remember him – the emperor who took to fiddling while Rome was burning.

“However you should easily recall why I opted for King Nebu – the figure that currently sits on the top of our political pile himself evoked it, albeit in a context that virtuously disclaimed any similarities, even tendencies. Perhaps he meant it at the time when he claimed: ‘I am no Nebuchadnezzar.’ Perhaps not. One judges leaders on acts however, not pronouncements, which are often as reliable as electoral promises.”

Mr. Soyinka said that it was left for Nigerians to decide to revert to the ‘Abacharian status of glorified slaves.”

“The praetorian guards have been let loose – to teach the rabble their place,” he said.

“The recent choice of a new leader for the guard was clearly no accident, and this hitherto unknown enforcer, one Suleiman Abba, has wasted no time in inaugurating a season of brutish power. When a people’s elected emissaries are disenfranchised, cast out like vagrants and resort to scaling fences to engage in their designated functions, the people get the message.

“However, the choice is always there, and each choice comes at a cost. It is either we pay now, or pay later.”

Mr. Soyinka also said that President Goodluck Jonathan had continued to surprise Nigerians in ways “few could have conjectured.”

“Peaking at his own personalised example where he set the law of arithmetic on its head – I refer to the split in the Governors’ Forum, and his ‘formal’ recognition of the minority will in a straightforward, peer election – democracy has been rendered meaningless where it should be most fervently exemplified.

“Nothing is more unworthy of leadership than to degrade a system by which one attains fulfilment, and this is what the nation has witnessed time and time again in various parts of the nation, the recent affront against the legislative chamber being only the most blatant and unconscionable…

“It is a warning. His choices for the occupancy of crucial public positions – such as the protective arm of the nation – constitutes an even more immediate and constant public alert. The signals are ominous – for and beyond 2015.”

[Sahara Reporters]

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. OmoKehinde

    December 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I want to thank Professor Wole Soyinka for his comment on president Jonathan’s bad governance, abuse of power, intimidation of opposition party by security agencies, corruption, mismanagement and election fraud. Nigerian citizens from the six geographic regions have active roles to play in the next presidential election. This great Nigerian academician is well respected figure around the globe, and Nigerian youths must pay close attention to his unbiased warnings.

    As I’ve said repeatedly on many of my comments and articles on this media, Nigerian youths must be very proactive just like Osun state youths in order for us to elect a credible, competent and patriotic president next year for peace, prosperity and unity of our beloved nation. President Jonathan had almost six years to make a different but he has failed all Nigerians miserably. What else can we expect from a man who has nothing good to show for been Nigerian president for more than one term than election fraud? His negative achievements as Nigerian president are mass killing of innocent children, fathers and mothers by his siblings – Boko Haram; intimidation of opposition by Nigerian police force, money laundering operations like never before seen, corruption, leadership failure, abuse of power, imcompentence, mismanagement, and many unimaginable economic crimes against suffering Nigerian people. He must be voted out of office in order to rescue Nigerian sinking ship from total destruction. We must shun tribalism and religious intolerance in the upcoming election next year. We must be united to vote out this failed president and send him back to Bayelsa state.

  2. GOOD THINKER

    December 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    ITS GAME UP FOR GEJ, THIS GUY MUST DIE AND ASO ROCK WILL BE VACANT. HE CAN ONLY RUN BUT CANT HIDE, HIS TIME IS OVER. CRAZY LUNATIC

  3. Precious

    December 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Just imagine the u people r abusing the president. I pity ur ***because wole soyinka dat is busy thinking of way to insult the president is on his way to the grave instead of him to live his remaining life in peace he wans to cause confusion. No matter wat u people say i know GEJ is a God sent to Nigeria he will rule this country again with God on his side

  4. Mighty

    December 3, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    The problem is not actually the removal of the presIdent but electing a competent replacement. We should all be mindful of the fact that the capable politicians will never be given a chance to even contest an election and that is the reason we need the introduction of independent candidates in our political system.

  5. D Hunter

    December 3, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    @ OmoKehinde, pls I want to know, are you a Christian or a muslim?

  6. Niki

    December 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    If Gej was Nebuc, as d prof liken him, i dnt tink d prof will be alive drawing brealth by now.all i see is politics of hates.

  7. Precious

    December 3, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    True take @Niki

  8. Lanre

    December 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I will personally contact the owners of this website and ask them to only allow people post comment with Facebook or google account, so we can see that people like precious, Niki, dhunter are just one person bribed by Jonathan to make mischief here.
    This will stop all this vexatious comments written by b**ards from hell

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