Nobody should be crucified for leaving a party - Wole Soyinka

Nobody should be crucified for leaving a party - Wole Soyinka

- Professor Wole Soyinka has spoken on the recent defections of some top politicians in Nigeria

- The Nobel laureate said nobody who decides to leave a party for another should be crucified for making such a decision

- He, however, criticized some reactions that followed the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state

Nigeria’s Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Thursday, August 2, said he does not believe anyone who decides to leave a party should be crucified for making such a move.

The award-winning author made this known in Lagos at the presentation of his new book ‘Who Is Watching The Watchmen?’.

Professor Soyinka, however, criticised the ill intentions of some politicians as their reasons for dumping one political party for another.

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He faulted some of the events that played out in Benue state recently, especially the reactions that trailed the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom.

Also, the Nobel Laureate engaged in an interactive session on the subjects raised in the book.

One of the issues he spoke about was what he referred to as ‘the mal-administration’ in one of the previous governments.

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Soyinka noted that the administration was a part of the sabotage which led to the failure of electricity in Nigeria at that time.

The interactive session also had in attendance human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, as well as a renowned journalist, Kunle Ajibade, among others.

Meanwhile, had reported that Nigeria's Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka called for a one-on-one debate with a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Soyinka in his new book described the former president as ‘objectively unfitted’ for the role of restoring Nigeria on a path of sanity.

The literary icon said this in his interventions series; Interventions VIII, titled ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?: Gani’s Unfinished Business’ which was officially released to the public by Bookcraft on Tuesday, July 3.

He said: "I know that deep inside, there is a soakaway pond of personal insecurity struggling to be drained. Beneath every bully, there is a scared product of insecurity and troubled conscience.

"Now, fight your own demons as best as you can, and feel free to flagellate Buhari (President Muhammadu) with all the weapons in your armoury.

"I have only one demand: keep away from movements struggling to restore this nation to the path of sanity and even moderate rectitude. End your hijacking propensity."

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