Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, declared today, February 5, 2015, that no one should vote for President Goodluck Jonathan’s and his administration in the February 14 general election, saying that there has been a total failure under the President’s leadership.
Addressing students, Wole Soyinka 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.
Laying emphasis on the missing Chibok Girls, Wole Soyinka said, the schoolgirls kidnapped on 14 April 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 rescue them.
Soyinka said it took the Jonathan government ten days to even accept that the Chibok girls were 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.
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On a more relaxed note, 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.
Prof. Wole Soyinka, who earlier last month, dismissed claims that he had endorsed some politicians as his presidential and governorship candidates ahead of the February elections. But with his lambast at the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, no one seems to know where he stands now.