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Wole Soyinka’s CNN Interview Video “President Jonathan’s Pride Worsens Boko Haram Attacks”

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May 7, 2014 – Video: Wole Soyinka Blasts Jonathan For Acting Late On Boko Haram Attacks In Nigeria

Wole Soyinka’s CNN Interview Video “President Jonathan’s False Pride Worsens Boko Haram Attacks”

Prof Wole Soyinka was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour yesterday where he discussed a whole lot about the current Boko Haram menace in Nigeria and how President Jonathan has delayed help that could have turned down the terrorist attacks on innocent civilians.

Wole Soyinka said, “President Jonathan should have asked for it (assistance) from the very beginning. I don’t believe in false pride. The history of the movement to which Boko Haram belongs is one which is a menace to the entire world.

“This is a government which is not only in denial mentally but is in denial of certain obvious steps to take. It is the missing humanity that the problem will go away; an attitude that occurs in the subconscious.

“But, one thing is certain, the President and his government cannot sleep easily after what has happened to Nigeria. The era of denial and indifference has ended. The situation has now gone beyond the President and the solution must be internationalised.”

On Patience Jonathan’s press conference where she cried et al, he said: “Please, I do not want to say anything about that woman who calls herself the First Lady of Nigeria. No, I wont.”

Watch the video below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbLDZ9udrdk

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Celestine Isaac

    May 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    true talk prof thank God he has finally let go of pride
    May d soul of the innocent people killed rest in peace

  2. Bose Sanya

    May 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    In a nut shell, Prof has said the truth at this junction. The US help Mr President Call on now to me is a subsequent help. When we think of since when this fantastic evil boko haram has been perpetrating in their evil act, Mr President should have let international intervention sway the situation ever since boko haram has been tagged as terrorist, as terrorism is entire world business. I concurred with Phrof!!!!!

  3. pretty

    May 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    For christ sake lets at least give respect to whom respect is due even if the president has done bad he is still the president weather we like him or not even prof nd his so called wife will not do better than the president let’s stop blaming anybody nd start praying for Gods intervention this is end-time yes we know but wat is happening in Nig is diff nd is only God dat can help. Nigeria has just one president which is Goodlock nd no one else take it or you leave it bad blle na wich

  4. Viergelove

    May 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I HAVE TOLD YOU ALL NIGERIANS TO VOTE FOR WOLE SOYINKA AND PASTOR CHRIS OKOTIE AS PRESIDENT OF YOUR GREAT NIGERIA. YOU ALL HAVE ALLOWED HOODLUMS ALL THIS YEARS TO RULE YOU. IMAGINE MOHAMED BURAHI WANTS TO RULE NIGERIA AGAIN. AND THE PEOPLE ARE READY TO VOTE HIM.. THAT WOULD BE THE GREATEST OF ALL MISTAKES EVER MADE IN NIGERIA UNTIL NOW…….

  5. Jilo

    May 7, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    President Jonathan attitude towards Boko Haram is too cold. Professor Wole Soyinka has just hit the nail on head. GEJ should have requested for help long before this. Since he already knew them, let him be a Man by arresting those who conniving and sponsoring Boko Haram and bring them to Justice. I have said this many times, I do not have problem with GEJ being a president but he should be ready to work and serve Nigeria people. You can not just sit down in your office and hopes everything will fall into places without making any move. I can’t imagine how. this President will go to bed without fighting tooth & nail to secure the innocent children from the grip of BH. Then the question remains, is Boko Haram more powerful than Nigeria Army?

  6. Dan

    May 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    The most stupid human being on earth i have ever seen is that man who called himself professor wole, regarding him as he regarded the wife of the president, did he think to rule nigeria is by the numbers of books that has been written? He open wide his mouth publicly and regarded a whole president wife as’ THAT WOMAN WHO CALLED HERSELF’ what an insult to nigeria and nigerians, being a professor has not made him know him know more than a peasant farmer, who has spent years cultivating his farm, he can teach wole soyinka what he does not know about farming, same as a road side mechanic, a trader and the rest of them, if we are not being stupid and carried away by what should be the real meaning of professor, then those people are professor in their filled too, patient jonathan is now a professor in her filled because what she now knows in the office she occupies, both the good and the bad, shoyinka does’nt. And back to boko haram, jonathan can cage all all them in 2 hours only if he had been voted for under a neutral party as a sole person not as a party, and if he did not submit totally to democracy unlike some past president who rulled militarily as a democratic president. Let the whole world come to nigeria, they will change nothing but add more to ur problems, because they know nothing internally of what is the root and the backings of this boko . What will jonathan do under democracy when those fueling the heart of the boko as the same people in goverment, the same people he work with and these are the bokos not the ones killing. America will only come and siphon all ur resources, thats what they are known for, cos they are even part of the bokos so u will not use a wound to heal a wound. The only way jonathan can get ride of boko haram is to disobey those he work with, carry out his action on his own, he will get rid of them in one day, he should do this to save his name, and them he will not mind been impeached, cos that is what those idiots who are his partners will do when they are aware he finally overcome. Any querry or fight? Danmirrorofjustice@gmail.com

  7. ugochi

    May 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    this is the way God want biafra to go, is the evidence of 100 year. slavering want to be over, so don’t blame anybody. but soyinka has getting the age to die and go.

  8. Dan

    May 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    To become a nigerian professor is is all about downloading, copying and pasting, what other people has written and added to the internet, what have they invented on their own, where is their law and theories in the textbooks the world uses? Bull shit!!! Nigeria general language is broken english, if the president wife can not speak it fluently, she could speak broken english and her own language fluently. And why must she speak the english in the first place, is she an english woman? Apart from african, list the 10 countries in the world who are not english speaking and the first lady address her people in english, if this is why soyinka has the mogulady to insult her, the shame on him. How many time has he himself spoken words which are not in the dictionary. Do not be deceived, any world u speak and you can explain to anyone you speak it to is 100% correct

    • Hillal

      May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      You’re such a fool Mr Dan. If you had a daughter and she was kidnapped by boko haram you wouldn’t be saying this nonsense. Is it not better for the first lady to speak her native language (igbo) and then some translates it to English for the world it is not by force to speak English besides her grammatical blunders weren’t the issues. The main problem was that the first lady said complete nonsense, all what she said had nothing to do with the missing children. She was saying that 2 teachers from waec what the hell does that have to do with missing girls she was saying come and find your missing child what nonsense. She should just stay on a low profile and not attend conferences that’s the best thing. And how will you say that to be a professor is to steal copy and paste. Idiot if it were that easy why havent you become a professor known all over the world. What prof soyinka said was the truth.

  9. Dan

    May 7, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Mind you, nigeria issue is still fair compare to what is happening in every countries of the world including the so called countries u are calling, to intervene for u

  10. Destino

    May 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    @ dan i don’t think u no wt u are saying.

  11. Kunle

    May 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Dan you are very stupid for saying that,is there any office for first lady in the constitution of Nigeria,so watch what to you Prof is saying the right thing.

  12. USMAN BAYERO

    May 8, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Uneasy lies the head dat wears d crown.
    When Babangida gave u a position what did u do with it? U end up in total failure.
    It is always easy to criticized from d outside.
    U better face ur literature…old fools.
    What else do u want him to do dat he has not done?
    Very soon we will know if they are really missing or not.

  13. Emma

    May 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    pretty, dan,bayero and others who value this country will never face shame,AMEN.bIN LADDEN hit USA sometimes ago and nobody blame their president for that evil act, why we nigerian does not have regards for our president. any thing that happen we would put blame on the president. trained army could not do any thing stop this boko haram stuff why blaming our amiable president. i dont know Gej but let us be reasonable in our critics.STOP BAD MOUTH MY BELOVED GREAT COUNTRY AND PRESIDENT.GEJ carry go with your ambition and dont be distracted with this problem. boko haram will soon start killing themselves.

  14. mekuzpasalati

    May 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    That’s the different btwn America and Nigeria .. Hardly see an American patriot go public 2 point fingers on who’s at fault when facing crises.. PROF, as a president, u have 2 try ur best 2 accumulate and ease any threat befalling ur nation.. I don’t agree with u on this sire.. We all need 2 be headed on one direction if actually we want 2 solve this hilarious misery .. God bless Nigeria..

  15. Dan

    May 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    You are right when you say soyinka who called himself copy and paste professor has reach his death age, its true, let not blame him much, cos its true when they say and the bible even confirms it, same as the quran that ”the older you are, the less sensible you become” age is affecting wole soyinka, he knows nothing about government. Jonathan is too cold about boko haram u said, nothing is cold coldness in a democratic government, that is the major problem of democracy. 2/3 must agree before carrying out an effect, what if 2/3 has been unaccepting, what will jonathan do? Read about democracy before puting blame on jonathan so Mr soyinka and his supporter, nigeria is not a book, its real life, so u cannot rule imaginations in the books written as u rule real life. Do u want jonathan to go to all boko haram state and kill everyone even those who dnt know anything like Obasanjo did in Odi and benue where he killed innocent people and not even the target and wasted lives of soldiers so cheaply? American u are calling for help, do you know the killing that happens there everyday? Assassination attacks and the rest? What have they done, where is bin laden, they lied to u they have killed him, where is his body, his grave, the videos and pictures that can proof his death, they have only negociated with ladden and u are here believing shit, grow up and research beyond bbc,cnn. Use ur own brain never think anyone reason more than you do, its a big lie, you are a professor on ur own, if not a professor should know all what i know added to what he knows, then i can believe he is wiser than me. U need more?

  16. Dan

    May 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    @ kunle, everyone now picture his question, he asked if there is any office for the wife of the president in the constitution, look kunle, english is the problem here, and that is the problem with soyinka, what is office and is constitution, who defined an office and who defined a constitution, constitutions are made by men for men. Constitution did not make men to itself. Why did u call her first lady, do u understand u said first? First lady came after first man, who is the first man? Jonathan and who is the first lady, patience, these two people create offices for any other people as far as nigeria is concern so none of them needs an office cos they are the offices. If after jonathan make discursion with the house or senate and come to meet his wife to narrate issues, first lady can even influence him to change his thought towards such issue my brother. Do not be carried away by words and its definition. What is the assurance that those who gave meaning to those words were not drunk during its definition, meaning we all who read the save meaning are drunk anytime we uses such. What also is the assurance that those who made the constitution were not made,silly,stupid, selfish infact daft as at the time they were making the contitution? Then it mean we should be daft too? It it in the usa constitution to practice gay,lesbian same sex marriage. Them coming to ur aid means u want them to make u accept to constitutionalise it, that will be the first request from them. Wake up, stop thinking by book but think by senses, men wrote books, woe to him who place his trust on fellow men. Read books to add to what you know not to make a life.

  17. Dan

    May 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    No girls were missing in the first place, if guys were missing the women who protested were only organised to do so, what is the 1million naira each they receive from the borno state goverment for if their daughters were missing truely, is it to compensate them for their kids death or the missing, why did the minister of defend said they kids have been taking to togo,cameroon,chat and other places and why did they say they have been married? How come the minister knows all these and yet they did not see them and know one has challenged him for knowing so much about them, why are the 200+ girls student writing physic alone, if there are 1200 student in the school and 200 + are writing physic alone does it mean they are so scientificaly oriented in the state and school? Then how many student are in the cormerical,and art classes, it means student in ss3 alone should be up to 700, in you entire life the school u went to, how many student wrote physic put together from when u were in jss 1 till u passed out? Are they ever up to the 200plus that wrote at once in borno? What is the name of the school, where is the picture of the student, where are the principals and teachers of the school, why are they not talking on media, who in borno has gone to the school or confirmed the incident

  18. Signor

    May 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Point of correction, leadershp aint by makin many books. For its written and i qoute Eccl12:12 making many books is wearines to d flesh. D flesh here makes allusion to five sensory organs of d body. So i put it to u mr soyinka dat u hav gone nut. Soyinka can u open ur filty gab and say dat ur mother’s soup is tasteles? Wat a shame u hav brought on ur name…anyway, u re showin off ur gift of gab and dats hw u wake ur folks frm sleep wit a kick. Dis gr8 nation has been in shamble for past decade and all u culd do is to call ur mother names. Dis nation has given to u all dat u hav nw, but u havnt thought it wise to give bck to d nation. All u achieved for ursef is to join d fraternity of haggardnes, just to wear a snowy hair and beard…neva knw u re sucha numbass, low-life son of a bitch. U beta withdraw dat comment and render an apology to d hand dat feed u

  19. Jungle love

    May 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    DAN I TOOK MY QUALITY TIME TO READ YOUR STORIES…BUT AFTER A FEW WHILE I STOPPED READING BECAUSE ITS ALL TRASH,WHO THE HELL IS PATIENCE JONATHAN…SHES NOBODY …COME TO THE U.S, AND SEE SO MANY CRITICISM ON THE OBAMAS DUE TO THEIR NEGLIGENCE IN SOME AREAS,PATIENCE IS A FULL TIME ILLITERATE FOOL THAT NEEDS TO BE PUNCH IN THE FACE…EVER SINCE THIS ANIMALS CAME INTO POWER THEY HAVE TURN NIGERIA INTO A LAUGHING STOCK ALL OVER THE WORLD,PROF SOYINKA WAS RIGHT WITH JONATHAN EGO AND LACK OF RESPECT FOR NIGERIANS..THE OTHER DAY WHEN NIGERIANS WERE MOURNING THE IYANYA BOMB VICTIMS,THIS USELESS JONATHAN WENT AHEAD DANCING IN KANO MEANING SHOWING NO SINGLE REMORSE…SO YOU MUST BE A DRUNKARD FOR SUPPORTING THEM….SOYINKA IS ALWAYS SAYING IT THE IT IS THATS WHY HE STANDS OUT AND RESPECTED ALL THE WORLD COMPARE TO THE OTHER CORRUPT OLD FOOL.S.WATCH YOUR MOUTH BOY OR YOU GET PUNCH.ED..

  20. Ekenduka

    May 9, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Dat is hw its matts prof u are right if had gone earlier they might nt have interven we all no they as people who wants more evidence both neva d less he have done well

  21. Dan

    May 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    @jungle love; I will not say any word further until you define the term, illitrate which u called, patience, and by ur definition, everyone here will then ask you to mark yourself wrong bro.

  22. DAN

    May 10, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    @jungle love, i still came back here and i saw you have not yet defined what illiteracy means, the definition of illiteracy means that, we are all illiterate. am sure you will wonder how? kool you deserve explanation and i will surely provide right now:
    —————————————————————————
    DEFINITION TO BE ILLITERATE:
    ============================
    adjective
    1.
    unable to read and write: an illiterate group.
    2.
    having or demonstrating very little or no education.
    3.
    showing lack of culture, especially in language and literature.
    4.
    displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: E.G, He is musically illiterate.
    ————————————————————————
    NOW I WILL TAKE IT FROM THE FIRST DEFINITION.
    NO1.= Is patience Jonathan unable to read and write? ofcourse patience can read and write, so she isn’t an illiterate, let us assuming she cannot read and write english, she can speak and write fluently her native language and broken nigeria English,,, remember the definition of illiterate once again!! now can the so called prof wole soyinka read and write bayelsa ijaw and isekiri language? NO? hahaha, Prof wole soyinka is an illiterate then too

    NO2:= having or demonstrating very little or no education: did patience jonathan pass out from secondary school? if so, then she did not have little education or no education, then apart from school sense of it, education does not means going to school in terms of chalk, paper and board, education can be defined and your defendable and dependable knowledge about something. either you agree or not, patience is good and professional at doing something, apart from that, patience as a bayelsa woman is far better at cooking that soyinka and his wife, which means shoyinka and his wife are illiterate in that sense too but patience is a professor.

    No3=showing lack of culture, especially in language and literature: what is patience culture, ask urself, does she has culture or not? ofcourse she is from beyelsa and they have culture of which she is part of the culture and she understands the language of her tribe and its literature in the deep sense of it, if soyinka cannot speak bayelsa language and unable to tie rapa, and understand all the tradition of bayelsa as patience does, it means soyinka is also an illiterate in that sense which patient isn’t.

    NO4= displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: E.G, He is musically illiterate, can wole soyinka dance more than patience? can soyinka cook than patience? can soyinka do house work than patience? can soyinka do all what patience is best at doing? if the answer is no, then soyinka is an illiterate in that field.

    CONCLUSION:
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    NOW LIKE I SAID, MARK YOURSELF RIGHT OR WRONG AND LET PEOPLE HERE ALSO GIVE YOU SCORES FOR YOUR INTELLIGENCE, THE PROBLEM MOST PEOPLE HAVE ESPECIALLY NIGERIANS IS THAT, WHEN SOMEONE CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH LANGUAGE,SUCH WILL BE TERMED AND AN ILLITERATE FELLOW BY AN ILLITERATE OR EDUCATIONAL ILLITERATE NIGERIAN. CAN AN OYIBO PERSON WRITE OR SPEAK: ISOKO,URHOBO,IGBO,HAUSA,YORUBA,TIV,EFFIK,IBIBIO,FULANI,IJAW,ITSEKIRI,ISHAN,EDO LANGUAGES? IF NO, IS AN OYIBO PERSON ILLITERATE? IF THE ANSWER IS NO STILL, THEN I TELL YOU MY BRO: @JUNGLE LOVE, GO HIDE YOURSELF SOMEWHERE…. for contest, danmirrorofjustice@gmail.com

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