Why I Supported Buhari Against Jonathan – Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to live up to expectation was the reason he lost the presidential election to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Soyinka said this at the Havard University Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, where he delivered a lecture on: “Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies”.

He told his audience that General Muhammadu Buhari was a difficult option for him being a former military dictator, and that he preferred him all the same than having his fellow lecturer, Goodluck Jonathan continue as President.


Defending his support for the former military dictator, the foremost dramatist said that at a personal level, it was a “painful decision to tell people to vote Buhari, but the country needed a new beginning.

“I was more against Jonathan, than I was pro-Buhari,” he told the audience in the United States.

According to him, “In a country where one of the six zones that make up the federation was on the verge of excision, with millions of beleaguered citizens marooned in the north east of the country; and thousands more cruelly murdered by insurgents, all Jonathan could offer was mollifying rhetoric and empty promises.”

Professor Soyinka also took a swipe at the government for supporting a faction of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum by recognising the minority after a straightforward election against the majority.


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