The two Presidential Candidates Of Nigeria have faults – Soyinka
Prof Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, has described the two major candidates in the 2015 Nigeria’s presidential election as both problematic adding that while one is troubled by the past, the other is troubled by the present. See Excerpts:
“There is a huge albatross hanging [around] the necks of the two main candidates. I can understand the dilemma which many voters have,” Soyinka told the BBC.
The BBC said the incumbent’s campaign for re-election has been hampered by his handling of the six-year insurgency by militant Islamist group, Boko Haram and Soyinka faulted Jonathan for the failure to rescue the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok, Borno State in April 2014.
“What happened was a clear failure of leadership – a slow reaction, an inadequate reaction and response,” Soyinka said while stressing that while responsibility for the Boko Haram crisis rests with President Jonathan, the government cannot be held solely responsible for the entire jihadist problem as it began under previous governments.
“Buhari and his partner General Tunde Idiagbon, after [former military head of state] Sani Abacha, I think they represented the most brutal face of military dictatorship. There is no question about that.
“But the environment changes, circumstances change and… I look at the possibility of a genuine internal transformation in some individuals. I’ve been disappointed before and we must always be ready to be disappointed again,” he added of Buhari.
Mr Soyinka advises Nigerians to standup against misrule for whoever wins the election. See Excerpts:
“Nigerians should be prepared to deal with any new betrayal by any ruler with the same passion and commitment…. as they did with Sani Abacha because we cannot continue this cycle of repetitious evil and irresponsibility.”