Speaking in a recent interview, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka says his generation has failed the country because the dreams they had about the country had not been materialized.
When asked if the generation of older Nigerians had failed the people, he responded saying: “Yes, I believe so. I compare today with dreams and aspirations we had when we all rushed home after studies abroad. We considered ourselves the renaissance people that were going to lift the continent to world standards, competitors anywhere. It hasn’t happened.”
Commenting on the 2019 general election, he said: “The 2019 election is one of the most depressing elections we’ve been through. Talking for myself, it wasn’t possible for me to make a choice for the simple reason that both candidates (President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar) had histories – one immediate, one past – which made one look for alternatives.”
Speaking on the 2015 presidential election, Wole Soyinka said Buhari did not win because the people were endeared to him but for the fact the that Nigerians could not continue with the former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“General Buhari didn’t really win the first election, he won by default. It was impossible to continue with Jonathan (back in 2015).
“As it happened, yes, I did use that expression ‘born again democrat.’ When somebody competes in an election three, four times and persists, he must believe in democracy… the circumstances in Nigeria, the fact that Nigerians have shown the military what a huge failure they were makes it possible for one to identify the possibility of exceptions when they seem to behave like democrats.
“But in any case, I kept emphasising that Nigerians had a very difficult choice and as I said, it was between the devil and the deep blue sea,” he added.