Jonathan wants a stable and united Nigeria – Wole Soyinka


Nsoyinkaobel 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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