Wole Soyinka: ‘Obasanjo Is Nigeria’s Number One Problem’

Wole Soyinka: ‘Obasanjo Is Nigeria’s Number One Problem’
Prof. Wole Soyinka believes former President Olusegun Obasanjo is Nigeria's problem
Prof. Wole Soyinka believes former President Olusegun Obasanjo is Nigeria’s problem

Nobel Laureate and playwright, Professor Wole Soyinka is of the opinion that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is one of the biggest problems in Nigeria and should be ignored by all.
Soyinka made this known when he revealed that he wrote a book, Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Gani’s Unfinished Business, on the late human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi, to counter some lies by Obasanjo allegedly peddled to Nigerians.
Soyinka was not alone in telling Nigerians to do away with Obasanjo as the fiery lawyer, Femi Falana, also toed the same school of thought by insisting that Obasanjo has outlived his usefulness and has nothing more to offer Nigerians.
The two prominent Nigerians said Obasanjo was not the saviour Nigerians are made to believe and should not be taken seriously by Nigerians.
Soyinka and Falana were guests on a discussion platform alongside the editorial chairman of The Nation Newspaper, Sam Omatseye, at the launch of the book in Lagos and they attacked Obasanjo all through.
At the event, Soyinka said he was moved to write the book which he dubbed: ‘interventions VIII’ because of the tissues of lies found in Obasanjo’s three-volume autobiography: ‘My Watch’.
The erudite scholar said:
“This is a man who will never take responsibility for anything. And what I even found most unacceptable is for the same person when such a critic of successive governments now offers himself as a sort of saviour.
The letter he wrote that was meant to be a letter bomb ended up being a suicide bomb. Obasanjo is someone who usually studies events, looks at the directions things are going before jumping in to take credit for what others laboured for.
Nigeria must learn to do away with Obasanjo with young people taking over the country.”
On his part, Falana said Obasanjo was known for disobedience of the Supreme Court orders.

“Since the amalgamation of northern and southern protectorates in 1914, no administration has ever treated the judiciary with brazenness the way the administration of Obasanjo treated judgement of the Supreme Court.
In the case between the federal government and the Lagos State government, the Supreme Court said it was illegal that the local government allocations to the state were withheld.
It ordered the payment. But Obasanjo refused to comply. That was why the payment was the first act of the Yar’Adua administration when it came in.”

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