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Soyinka,_WoleSIR: Many thanks to one Olaoluwakitan Adewunmi, for sharing his views publicly on February 22, 2015, on the alleged endorsement of Buhari for “Aso Rock” in the forthcoming elections by Prof. Wole Soyinka. I am thanking him (?) because I did not read the erudite Prof’s “Leap of Faith” treatise on the matter, but from what Olaolu said in his (?) article, the Professor did 360 degrees about-turn from what his opinion used to be in his perception of the retired General, compared to what the erudite Prof. now thinks about Buhari.

Is it actually true that the Nobel Laureate indeed endorsed the presidential ambition of GMB? The last time I read the Professor on the election was when he mentioned the “burden of choice” between the two main contestants for “Aso Rock”.

Soyinka, like any other person, has the inalienable right to endorse anyone of his choice and queue behind such candidate. He should, however, know that many people look up to him for guidance on national issues. It will be unfortunate if such people are misled for whatever reason. Nigerians also have to learn to act as their conscience dictates, because those we regard as the conscience of the nation most often now have their own personal agenda quite different from that for the common good of the citizens.

If there is now a “Leap of Faith”, it means that the Prof. has indeed made an about turn. As revealed by Olaoluwa’s article, Prof. Soyinka allegedly said that he believed what Buhari’s running mate in 2011, Pastor Tunde Bakare told him, Prof. Soyinka on Buhari. Ugh! Maybe the Pastor had one-on-one with Prof., because one hardly hears anything from the ebullient preacher these days.

I wonder if he will endorse Buhari either secretly or in public. While still adducing reasons for endorsing Buhari, the Prof. was quoted to have said that he has listened to and dissected his (Buhari’s) key utterances past and current and found, in the Prof’s words, “a plausible transformation” in Buhari. Ah! If these are truly his words, then, with due apology, the Prof. does not understand politicians, especially those of Nigerian stock. Otherwise, he will never have believed what politicians say or do especially on the eve of an election.

Soyinka, like any other person, has the inalienable right to endorse anyone of his choice and queue behind such candidate. He should, however, know that many people look up to him for guidance on national issues. It will be unfortunate if such people are misled for whatever reason. Nigerians also have to learn to act as their conscience dictates, because those we regard as the conscience of the nation most often now have their own personal agenda quite different from that for the common good of the citizens.



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