Jonathan wants a stable and united Nigeria – Wole Soyinka

Jonathan wants a stable and united
Nigeria – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has
debunked the news making rounds that
President Goodluck Jonathan has the
intention of scuttling the forthcoming
general election under the guise of
instituting an interim government.
Soyinka, who said this on Friday during an
interactive session with Sahara TV, stated
that some power gamblers, not Jonathan,
were bent in destabilizing the nation for their selfish interests.

He said; “I went to President Jonathan and I asked him, and he was to all appearances
outraged by the very suggestion.

‘’I remember he used an expression, ‘If such
a thing is going on it is outside my wish or
my will. After I have been elected by the
entire nation, isn’t being the head of an
interim government a demotion and an
undignifying position?’’
Soyinka added, “this is what bothers me
deeply: There are people who see this as an
opportunity for their own political and
sinister activities in the country.

‘’Therefore, we are not even united against
the dangerous enemy of the country. The
elections themselves are being used as an
opportunity of sowing bitter seed of discord
and for power-grabbing.

“I believe that these elections, going by his
(Jonathan) body language… it is very
difficult to penetrate truthfully and deeply
into the minds of politicians… going by his
body language, I think Jonathan has no
intention of scuttling the elections.

“In other words, the elections would take
place but what kind of elections would we
have? And what might be the aftermath of
the elections?
‘’He has repeatedly said, ‘I’m going back to
Otuoke if I lose the election.’ I just hope we
don’t wake up one day with our complacent
attitude and find out that we, as a people,
have been overthrown by very sinister,
illegal and useless forces.”


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