- Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka does not want to talk anymore about the Buhari administration
- The 1986 Nobel prize winner for Literature said he would rather not talk about the present government for his sanity's sake
- Soyinka, however, admitted that the Lagos-Ibadan railway line recently launched by the government was a good development for the country
Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, is courting another war of words with the Nigerian presidency after he slammed the Muhammadu Buhari administration in a recent interview.
In the interview, Soyinka said it is better for his sanity to avoid talking about the activities of the Buhari administration.
According to The Punch, in the interview which was conducted by Kaftan TV and monitored by the national daily newspaper, Soyinka refused to openly give credit to the Buhari for the newly launched Lagos-Ibadan railway.
“I don’t want to talk about Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. I think it is best for my sanity just to avoid that overall question.
"I can take bits and pieces of Nigeria’s present predicament but I think for one’s sense of balance, one must forget the existence of the Buhari administration.”
Soyinka, a former board chairman of the Federal Road Saftey Commission between 1988 and 1992, however, acknowledged that the railway line recently launched by the Buhari administration was long overdue.
He admitted that taking the train saved him an enormous amount of time compared to the seven hours it recently took him by road to move from Lagos to Abeokuta.
The new railway line is long overdue, he said.
"I left Abeokuta this morning, I am going back to Abeokuta to eat my Ilafun (yam/cassava flour) and I am going to sleep in my bed this evening. It is marvellous."
"That is what one has been doing in Europe. Why has it taken so long for that to happen here? It is sad but at the same time, let’s be glad it is happening.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng recently reported how a little boy walked up to the Nobel Laureate and asked him to sign on a piece of paper while Soyinka was taking the train.
Sharing photos and a video of the event, his dad identified as Alli-Balogun H Lekan said that "children get away with a lot".
The sage gave him what he wanted, signed, and noted the date and place that the signature was given.
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