Nigerian Poet, and Nobel laureate has voiced out on claims that he appraised the one year administration of President Mohammadu Buhari. In a statement titled, Inmates for the Republic of Liars, Soyinka describes the message as a “disgusting forgery.
“The following attribution is a disgusting forgery. I have yet to grant an interview regarding Buhari’s year in office,” Soyinka says.
“Once again, I notify the security arms of Nigeria about this increasingly obsessed exercise in identity forgery.
“I alert the public to beware of the danger this portends in the murky atmosphere of Nigeria’s ongoing politics.
“The sycophants of power and influence will clearly do anything to gain attention and preferment, but they only earn the contempt of decent citizens, including those on whom they foist their unsolicited services,” the statement ends.
Below is the post that circulated the social networks and attributed to Prof. Wole Soyinka.
Professor Wole Soyinka’s assessment of President Buhari’s first year in office
From the time I publicly declared for Buhari, to the time I followed my conviction to work for his campaign at both Buhari Support Organizations and the APC Presidential Campaign Council till date, there was never a time Ipushed Buhari as Nigeria’s model in economic management even when Iam convinced that he is working with his team to change the structure of our economy from a mono-economy.
I predicatedmy support on the need to secure a country on the verge of becoming a failed state. I wanted Buhari to stop the unprecedented bleeding of the country from never-seen looting in history.
I wanted Buhari to reset the moral code in public service and leadership. We couldn’t just continue to have a country that rewarded criminals like the past administration openly and obscenely did.
We needed a Buhari to put his legendary stamp of integrity to drive governance and in one year there is a new lease of life in the way government business is now conducted. On economy, we have believed lies of GDP and statistics built on falsehood for too long.
Corruption was driving the economy as the working capital while petrol-dollars gave us a false sense of insularity. Everything just crashed on us without the money from oil like it used to be. Years of mismanagement all came to hunt us and very bad too.
With Buhari having used the last 12 months for housekeeping, the trajectory of the economy will continue to go north with more hard work and faithful implementation of government programmes.