Wole Soyinka: No one should vote for Jonathan

Wole Soyinka: No one should vote for Jonathan

Thursday, February 5, 2015 2:21 pm

*The Nobel laureate says he has 60 reasons Jonathan should be voted out

*Jonathan has shown a total failure in leadership, he says

By Simon Ateba/Lagos

•Soyinka: Urges Nigerians not to vote for Jonathan

•Soyinka: Urges Nigerians not to vote for Jonathan

‎Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, declared on Thursday that no one should vote for the continuation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, saying that there has been a total failure in leadership.

He said he has sixty reasons not to vote for the Jonathan regime.

“I will not vote and I will not encourage ‎anyone to vote for the continuation of this government, simply because your colleagues numbering over two hundred were kidnapped, ” Soyinka told students at the 2015 edition of Vision of the Child (VOTC), a yearly programme inaugurated in 2012.

He said the Chibok girls kidnapped on 14 April of last year were sent on a mission to acquire an education, but ended up being kidnapped.

“And the government of this nation failed to show leadership.‎ So anyone who says after that event that I will vote or cast my vote or encourage anyone to vote for this regime must be living in Sambisa forest,” Soyinka said, referring to a forest in Borno State where the Chibok girls are believed to be held by Boko Haram.

“There has been a failure of leadership. Our children whom you represent today have been betrayed‎,” Soyinka said, adding that no appropriate action was taken to retrieve them.

‎Soyinka said it took the Jonathan government ten days to even accept that the Chibok girls were even missing.

“After that dereliction of duty, after that failure of leadership, after that betrayal for our future, for anyone to think or to put words in my mouth suggesting that I will vote or encourage anyone to vote for this regime is a travesty of intelligence, ” Soyinka said.

‎Soyinka laughed off those who had claimed on the social media that he ‎was dead, telling journalists at the event that they should not misquote him. If they do, he added, he will rise from the dead to correct them.

The 2015 edition of Vision of the Child has for theme “The Road to Sambisa”.

This year, a total of 250 student participants from 60 primary and secondary schools within Lagos attended the interview. The age bracket for the participants was 9 to 12 years.

Their entries were assessed by a panel of eminent judges comprising teachers, artists, child carers and social workers.

The finalists will be invited on the 7 March to the National Conversation Foundation Park. Lekki, and provided with brush, paint and easel, and will be required to illustrate their literary presentation in the complementary medium painting.

This year, 60 finalists were drawn from 35 schools within Lagos State, said Foluke George‎, Festival Secretary and Programme Manager for the Vision of the Child.

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  • Biodun T. Tella says:

    There are three kinds wisdom open to man. They are animal wisdom, man wisdom and God’s wisdom. The worst is animal wisdom. Nigerians soldem use God’s wisdom which comes with love of ones neighbour, the rule of law and mode of behaviour that guarantees human rights. Even, the so called ‘men of dog’ (sorry, ‘men of God’) soldem evince God’s wisdom. We have little humanity in us. Having said that, I think it is rather cruel to ignore the fact that students who were sent to a secondary school have been kidnapped by some insurgents who were killing innocent people and destroying properties in a country where there is a ruler and many sensible but may be, insensitive advisers working with him.
    I do not think there is anything wrong in somebody with a PhD in Zoology to be or aspire to be the president of the most populous Black Nation in the world but, that does not mean that person should always apply animal wisdom in dealing with issues which are of public interest. President Jonathan (his family) and advisers have not put themselves in the shoes of parents and relatives of those kidnapped girls. How unfortunate!? Recently, in the U.K., about 13 or 14 FireBrigade men were sent to rescue a cat from a roof top. How many intelligence workers and experts in th police and army have been sent to find out the exact location of the girls and work out some military strategies to rescue them unhurt?
    It is disheartening that after many years of composing a new National Anthem ‘Arise O Compatriots’ Nigerians and her leaders and still slumbering.
    Why would Jonathan want to come back to rule the the country as a president again when he has failed the nation? An honourable man would not have contemplated contesting again. I strongly support the recommendation of Prof. Wole Soyinka that we should not vote an embodiment of failure and
    callousness into power again.


  • New Nigerian says:

    True talk. No one should vote for Jonathan – the transformation-without-change champion. Everyone should vote for Buhari – the change we trust, feel and know.

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