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Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyin­ka, Nobel laureate, on Monday said that President Muhamma­du Buhari should start talking to people like a leader, a leader, who is awake to the realities of the situation.

According to Soyinka, while speaking on News Day, an Arise Television programme, the problems of the country can be addressed with the right actions by the leaders.

He said Nigeria is on the “edge”, and Buhari needs to move beyond mere talk, and take urgent action to set the country on the right path.

“I’m tired of hearing things like ‘you will see differences in a few weeks’ time’. We are tired of that. He’s got to put his cards on the table and take people into confidence.

“He’s got to stop exuding a false confidence, because that kind of confidence is to­tally false. It is not based on realities, and we’ve got to see an acceleration of actions to retrieve this nation from the very edge.

“It is no longer a problem of the people; it is a problem of leadership, because the people have shown themselves ready to act, to save their own com­munity.”

Soyinka also said the Na­tional Assembly and the 36 state governors are not doing much, considering their con­stitutional responsibilities.

“Members of NASS are not doing enough. If you study the constitution very carefully, you will realise that they have cer­tain powers which they hav­en’t touched,” he said.
“There are certain areas they can compel this govern­ment to act the way it should, and that applies especially to governors — the governors themselves are too timid.”

He warned Nigerians to stop spreading fake news. “I appeal to people to stop put­ting words in my mouth. If you think you can pressure me to speak by stealing my identity and putting words in my mouth on social media, you are wasting your time. Not only that, you are acting in a distorting way.

“At this sensitive time, I must warn Nigerians to stop playing around with such seri­ous issues, otherwise they are going to lose the kind of sup­port they have from people like me”, he said.

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