Monday, December 23, 2013

Wole Soyinka: APC/OBASANJO "ROMANCE" - A Shipwreck?

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Nigerian writer, playwright and poet, Nobel Prize Laureate (1986), Professor Wole Soyinka had his say on the most discussed news of the weekend - All Progressives Congress leaders' visit to Nigeria's ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. He criticized the move to court Obasanjo's support, saying the country is heading "for a shipwreck" with such political "romance".
Prof. Soyinka, one of the most prominenet critics of the former President, titled his statement "Shipwreck Ahead". In it, he alleged that our country would need "rescue operations" should the APC choose Mr. Obasanjo to "serve as a navigator for the ship of the state."

"An APC-led group, we understand, has been paying courtesy visits to former Heads of States. Would it be correct to state that their purpose is captured in the following Mission Statement? 'Tinubu added that the APC had resolved to rescue Nigeria, appealing to Obasanjo to lead the mission. We're resolved and determined to rescue Nigeria. We want you as navigator,' he said," the short statement read, in part.
"If this attribution is correct, may I urge you, as an urgent public service, to advise families to begin the stockpiling of life-belts for the guaranteed crash. Don't forget to alert the coastguards — ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), AU (African Union), UNO (United Nations Organization) etc, to be on the alert for possible salvage operations.
"If General Sani Abacha were alive today, would he also have been on the ship's complement? As Captain, perhaps?" Prof. Soyinka rhetorically asked in the conclusion.
It will be recalled that Mr. Obasanjo wrote a public letter criticizing President Goodluck Jonathan for "deception and dishonesty," stating that the incumbent President was "reneging on a commitment not to seek a third term in office." In her response, former president's Boston, Massachusetts-based daughter Iyabo Obasanjo wrote her own public letter to him, accusing her father of being a "liar, hypocrite, megalomaniac and narcissist". President Goodluck Jonathan has also issued a reply.

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