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Wole Soyinka: I No Longer Regard Patience Jonathan As The First Lady Of Nigeria

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Wole Soyinka: I No Longer Regard Patience Jonathan As The First Lady Of Nigeria

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March 19, 2015 – Wole Soyinka: I No Longer Regard Patience Jonathan As The First Lady Of Nigeria

Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has criticised the Federal Government for not moving fast against Boko Haram — the Islamist sect whose activities have killed thousands.

According to him, Nigeria would not have had to cope with Boko Haram on this large scale had the government taken action when the sect’s activities were just taking root. “This is the biggest problem I have with the Jonathan government,” he said.

Soyinka, who spoke in an interview with German Radio DW said some people were still bent on creating a political crisis in the country by stalling the elections and installing an interim government.

Soyinka told DW: “Ex-military officers and security officers are trying to push aside the political contestants and use the unrest as an excuse to establish an interim government. The nature of the interim government wants to pretend it’s not really a military intervention. A few political leaders, well-known civilians, want to give the veneer of civilian structure, but basically it’s a kind of political intervention.”

He expressed regret that Nigeria “is aspiring very hard to become a failed state.” Speaking about the more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram a year ago, he expressed little hope that “the majority of them” will ever be found. Despite military gains made by troops from neighboring Cameroon, Niger and Chad, in collaborating with their Nigerian counterparts, Soyinka believes there’s no chance of a rapid victory over the jihadist group. “It will take a generation at least to exterminate this phenomenon altogether. The military would not have had to cope with Boko Haram on this level if the proper action had been taken at the right time. This is the biggest problem I have with the Jonathan government.”

Soyinka said he no longer regards Mrs. Patience Jonathan as First Lady. Soyinka spoke in an interview with DW.

He expressed concerns that the military could take over power.

The 80-year-old writer, who has taken an active role in African politics for more than 50 years, says he fears there are “clear indications of a military intervention” .

He lamented the increasingly aggressive direction the election campaign is taking. Recently, the president’s wife called on her husband’s followers to stone people who demanded a different leader. Political observers saw this as a call for violence against the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is campaigning on a platform of change.

Soyinka told DW that while he doesn’t support the opposition’s move to file criminal charges against the First Lady before the International Criminal Court (ICC), her comments should not go unchecked.

”What she said was totally unacceptable. I no longer regard her as the First Lady of Nigeria,” he said.

[The Nation]



  1. Omachoko Joseph

    March 19, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Yes, she is not qualified to be address as last lady not to talk of addressing her as first lady of Nigeria. It is quite unfortunate!

  2. Okoro JC

    March 19, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Wole, will ur mother seize to b ur mom bc she erred? Well spoken though bt, i wonder Wy u still meddle n disturb urself over useless Nig politics.. If i wer u i ll jst b relaxing wit my gr& n gr8 gr& children, waiting 4my ancestors call

  3. pretty

    March 19, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    God is the only king maker, u people should allow dis woman to enjoy her position as a first lady. The Grace of God break protocol to make man king. It’s not by qualifications. So Prof. Keep ur opinion to urself.

  4. Best

    March 19, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    @ PRETTY babe i luv ur comment atleast this shows that they are stil sensible,truthful and Godly citizens in nigeria.God bless nigeria and gej wishing u sucess on the fourth coming election.

  5. Bankole Jones

    March 19, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Baba Soyinka has spoken, The Almighty Professor has spoken, The man of the century has spoken. Thanks Baba Soyinka.

  6. odi

    March 20, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Every thing in naija are just fak….?

  7. Babmiranoz

    March 20, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Baba Soyinka, u r just 4 much. Even no1 understands if GEJ is Patience’s husband coz it appears as if he has no control over her.

  8. don

    March 20, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Prof,too late for you to join the fight.gani we miss u

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