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I Have Forgiven Americans For Voting Racist Trump – Soyinka
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I Have Forgiven Americans For Voting Racist Trump – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says he has forgiven Americans for electing former President Donald Trump whom he described as a “racist” and a “xenophobe”. Soyinka said this during an interview with Arise Television on Wednesday. The Nobel Laureate, who had in 2016 torn his American immigrant visa to shreds for voting Trump, said he would not be renewing the green card since he usually visits the United States even without it. The playwright, who displayed pieces of his torn green card, stated that America had redeemed itself with the removal of Trump Soyinka said, “I feel honoured to be associated with the democratic forces of the United States for correcting the unbelievable error that they committed four years ago.” On the green card issue, he said, “I consider m...
Talking About Buhari Not Good For My Sanity – Wole Soyinka
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Talking About Buhari Not Good For My Sanity – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says for the sake of sanity, one must imagine that the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), does not exist. He, however, described the new Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan standard gauge train, describing it as marvellous and long overdue. Soyinka said this during a recent interview with Kaftan TV which was monitored by our correspondent. Speaking onboard the new train, the Nobel Laureate said he would not like to talk about Buhari’s government because he imagined the regime doesn’t exist. When asked whether the new train was a plus to Buhari’s regime, he said, “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 o...
COVID-19: Presidency Mocks Soyinka Over Comments On Lockdown, Says He Is Fiction Writer Not Medical Professor
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COVID-19: Presidency Mocks Soyinka Over Comments On Lockdown, Says He Is Fiction Writer Not Medical Professor

The presidency, on Wednesday, attacked Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, over his stance against the 14-day lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that he is not an expert in that area. A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, in Abuja, observed that even though Soyinka was entitled to his opinions, there were mere semantics and not science. The statement reads: “Yesterday, the esteemed Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka made comments on the legal status and description of 14-day lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari. “Professor Soyinka is not a medical professor. His qualifications are in English literature, and his prizes are for writing books and plays for theatres. He is of course entit...
‘We Are Not In War Emergency’ – Soyinka Reacts To COVID-19 Lockdown
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‘We Are Not In War Emergency’ – Soyinka Reacts To COVID-19 Lockdown

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has questioned the legality of the lockdown ordered by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The PUNCH reports that Buhari had on Sunday ordered the lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. But Soyinka in a statement on Monday wondered if the president has the power to order such lockdown. The Nobel laureate called on constitutional lawyers and lawmakers to clarify the legality or illegality of the lockdown. He also warned against “constitutional piracy” in the fight against coronavirus in the country. The statement, titled ‘Between COVID and Constitutional Encroachment’, read in part, “Constitutional lawyers and our elected representatives should kindly step i...
Jonathan, Anyaoku, Ooni Of Ife, Soyinka Join One United Africa 1000 Man March
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Jonathan, Anyaoku, Ooni Of Ife, Soyinka Join One United Africa 1000 Man March

Zambia President, Goodluck, Anyaoku, Ooni Of Ife, Soyinka, Join One United Africa 1000 Man March In the search for workable solutions to manage the extensive challenges faced in Africa, a non governmental organization called One United Africa Foundation has commenced the crusade of a Pan-African renaissance. In its envisioned prospects, the organizations has signed a partnership with one of Nigeria's leading PR agency, Amity Global Network, as the official Media Partner for the efficient promotion of its People to People Citizenry Engagement Initiative. This is in view of the One United Africa 1000Man March, holding in Abuja on the 31st of March 2020 and organized to promote unity, defined engagements that unites the collective exploration of our resources and productively channeli...
Uzodinma Vs Ihedioha: I’m Not Part Of Supreme Court Review Team – Soyinka
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Uzodinma Vs Ihedioha: I’m Not Part Of Supreme Court Review Team – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has faulted a report by a newspaper of his purported selection to serve on a monitoring team for the forthcoming Supreme Court review of the case between Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress and Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party. The apex court on January 14, 2020, nullified the election of Ihedioha as the governor of the state and declared Uzodinma as the winner of the governorship election. Ihedioha subsequently filed an appeal, urging the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment. The hearing of the appeal has been fixed for March 2, 2020. The elder statesman, who said the online link of the newspaper’s report (not The Punch) was sent to him for perusal, noted in a statement on Tuesday night that h...
Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu
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Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu

South -West governors and the apex Yoruba socio -political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday differed on the All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ’ s position on the Western Nigerian Security Network, Operation Amotekun . The governors commended the former Lagos State governor and promised to look into the issues he raised , but Afenifere hit Tinubu hard , saying his statement lacked substance . After almost three weeks of silence on the launching of Amotekun, Tinubu on Wednesday made his position known on the security outfit, which was launched by the South- West governors in Ibadan on January 9. Afenifere chieftains , Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Senator Femi Okurounmu , had , in a report published by Sunday PUNCH on January 19, challenged Tinubu to speak on the security o...
Soyinka Attack Musa Balarabe Over Comment On Amotekun
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Soyinka Attack Musa Balarabe Over Comment On Amotekun

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has come down on ex-governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, over his comment that the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun would lead to the declaration of Oduduwa republic. Balarabe had said during an interview with a national daily (not The PUNCH) that Operation Amotekun would lead to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic. Soyinka said, "Balarabe is sadly but I hope not tragically wrong. I invoke the tragic dimension here because the making of tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken or promoted as facts, and governments either by themselves, or together with interest groups, are enticed by fears into embarking on precipitate, irrational, and irreversible acts. “Such acts tur...
Soyinka Compares DSS With Dog, Says Dogs More Civilised
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Soyinka Compares DSS With Dog, Says Dogs More Civilised

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says dogs act more civilised than the operatives of the Department of State Services that stormed the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. Soyinka said this in a statement titled, ‘Lessons from the African Wild Dog (Lycaeon Pictus)’ on Friday. He said, “A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild dogs hunt, eventually bring down, and proceed to devour a quarry. “It was an impala, antelope family. The pack isolated the most vulnerable looking member of the herd – it was pregnant – pursued it, until it fled to a waterhole which, for such animals, is the nearest thing to a sanctuary. “A few minutes ago, almost as it was happening, I watched the video ...
Soyinka Reacts To Media Distortions Of His 2014 Experience With Cancer
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Soyinka Reacts To Media Distortions Of His 2014 Experience With Cancer

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has lamented distortions and media misconception of a BBC feature programme in which his 2014 experience with cancer was featured. Soyinka, in a statement on Wednesday, said he had not seen the final presentation of a BBC feature programme on Health Awareness in which his 2014 experience with cancer was featured, but that he had been bombarded by narratives of the most disquieting nature, distortions through either misreporting or media misconceptions of what the BBC feature actually conveyed. “The first – and most urgent – correction of course is to re-state that this is an ancient tale that is firmly situated in the past tense. In other words, I have not been under any cancer related condition for over five years. Indeed, it was in order to av...
“It’s Almost As If We Have Forgotten How To Be Ashamed” – Chimamanda Adichie
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“It’s Almost As If We Have Forgotten How To Be Ashamed” – Chimamanda Adichie

Felabration 2019, A festival organised to celebrate the late Nigerian Legendary Afrobeat Artist -- Fela Anikulakpo Kuti began with a symposium. The topic was "Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense". The speakers invited to speak at the symposium were: Akala (United Kingdom) Chimamanda Adichie Bobi Wine (Uganda) Prof Akin Oyebode Venue was at NECA Hall, Hakeem Balogun Street, Ikeja Lagos At the symposium, while speaking of the deplorable condition of Nigeria, the Nigerian Popular Writer and Novelist, Chimamanda Adichie said :“It’s almost as if we have forgotten how to be ashamed” Other dignitaries, including Nigerian Playwright and Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka were present at the symposium.
Charges Against Sowore Confirms Buhari Govt. Unprecedented Level Of Paranoia – Prof Wole Soyinka
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Charges Against Sowore Confirms Buhari Govt. Unprecedented Level Of Paranoia – Prof Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has described the charges against Omoyele Sowore as a confirmation of the Buhari-led administration's unprecedented level of paranoia. Revealing that he first dismissed the report as fake news, Soyinka added that 'Sowore's Issue' has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. He further stated that the nation had failed to learn from past experiences. He said, “This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. Outside the country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet another grotesque product of fake news, of which Nigerians have become the greatest practitioners. I confess that...
Stop Using Security Agencies To Silence Nigerians – Soyinka Tells Buhari
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Stop Using Security Agencies To Silence Nigerians – Soyinka Tells Buhari

Prof. Wole Soyinka has alleged that the Buhari-led administration is using security agencies to silence Nigerians. The Nobel Laureate made this claim at the unveiling of an art gallery in commemoration of his 85th birthday. Insisting that such move only shows that the government is afraid, Soyinka added that it also reduces those running the government, Igbere TV reports. “It is important to send strong message to this government and to the security services to stop trying to muzzle people when they come together to exchange ideas. “You’re reducing them as human beings and you’re also reducing yourselves as human beings, because it means you’re afraid to listen" he said. Speaking further at the event held on Saturday August 24, Soyinka told Nigerians not to believe everythi...
Soyinka, Others Are Blackmailers, Revolution Won’t Be Tolerated – Presidency
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Soyinka, Others Are Blackmailers, Revolution Won’t Be Tolerated – Presidency

The Presidency has replied notable Nigerians opposing the action taken by the DSS in arresting rights activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 election, Mr. Omoyele Sowore It mentioned the name of Soyinka in particular as one of the critics, saying that much as the administration had respect for him and others, they appeared to be engaging in double-speaking and blackmailing the government. The Presidency, reacting through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, noted that the same Soyinka would criticise the government for not taking actions against lawlessness and turned around to attack it when it took actions. “You mentioned the name of Prof Wole Soyinka. Some of these critics of g...
Soyinka, Falana, Others Lay Wreath On Abiola’s Grave
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Soyinka, Falana, Others Lay Wreath On Abiola’s Grave

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says closure over the death of Chief MKO Abiola will be achieved when some of the challenges faced in the country are confronted and eliminated. Soyinka said this at a Wreath Laying Ceremony to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the death of Abiola, organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative (WA) at MKO Abiola’s graveside in Ikeja. He was charged for treason in 1994 by the Nigerian government, because he had declared himself the lawful President of Nigeria. He died in custody on the verge of being released in 1998. Soyinka said: “This is the first gathering in honour of MKO Abiola after the formal recognition by the federal government that he was duly elected, and that he is a past president of this nation. “And all we are waiting fo...
Wole Soyinka Reacts To Buhari’s Plan To Establish Ruga Settlements
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Wole Soyinka Reacts To Buhari’s Plan To Establish Ruga Settlements

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has warned the Federal Government against the proposed establishment of Ruga settlements across the country for herdsmen. He warned that the move, if not checked will set the country on fire. Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday at the launch of United Nations’ Solutions 17 SDG programme, Soyinka berated the federal government for the idea, which will said can cause Nigeria to explode. According to him: “Ruga is going to be an explosion if not handled with care. But why do we not take our policies from good models? This is not the way people and countries deal with issues of cattle.   “I travel everywhere. It has to be handled in a way that is logical, comprehensible to the environment. When a cattle walks up to the window of my house in Abeokuta, a ho...
Nigerian Who Ordered Soyinka Out Of His Seat Breaks Silence, Opens Up
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Nigerian Who Ordered Soyinka Out Of His Seat Breaks Silence, Opens Up

The young Nigerian man who ordered Prof. Wole Soyinka out of his seat on a flight has broken his silence and opened up on why he took the action. The young man’s name is Tosin Odunfa. His comment is on the Instagram page of Daddy Freeze and on Twitter. He said the matter was being blown out of proportion by Tonye Cole. Tonye Cole had narrated an incident on a flight in which a young Nigerian man ordered Soyinka out of his seat and that the professor had to quietly vacate the seat. Many Nigerians had taken a swipe at the young man for not being respectful despite it was his seat Soyinka sat on. According to Odunfa, he was on the Autism spectrum and needed the view from the window to keep him from getting sick on the plane, hence his insisting on taking the window seat. “I am ...
Soyinka: N6 Slams Tonye Cole For Disrespecting His Wife With Kenya Moore
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Soyinka: N6 Slams Tonye Cole For Disrespecting His Wife With Kenya Moore

Cool FM OAP N6 who reacted to the report of the young man who asked Prof. Wole Soyinka to vacate the airplane seat allotted to him, called out Tonye Cole, the businessman and former APC gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State for disrespecting his wife with American actress, Kenya Moore. Tonye Cole who shared the story of the young man who asked Wole Soyinka to vacate his seat while on the flight, had accused him of being disrespectful to the Noble Laureate. However N6 who reacted to the post called out Tonye Cole who demanded for respect to Prof. Wole Soyinka, as he accused him of not observing same when he disrespected his wife with Kenya Moore till it got to the Wendy Williams show. He wrote;
I Am Glad Obasanjo & Soyinka Know Fulanisation Of Nigeria Agenda Is Real – FFK
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I Am Glad Obasanjo & Soyinka Know Fulanisation Of Nigeria Agenda Is Real – FFK

The statements of former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over what he termed "the Fulanisation agenda" infuriated the presidency few days back and they have now threatened Obasanjo to withdraw the statement and apologize to the presidency. But OBJ as he is fondly called have vehemently refused. On Tuesday, Prof. Wole Soyinka expressed the same fear similar to what Chief Obasanjo released on his press release. Femi Fani-Kayode has for long being expressing this same fears but people tend not to take it seriously because he is an ardent critic to APC and President Buhari's government. FFK is however happy that notable Nigeria are now seeing what he saw and have been shouting about. He tweeted this this morning... I am glad that Baba OBJ and Prof. Wole Soyinka agree on ...
Amaechi, Amosun & Wole Soyinka On Train Ride From Lagos To Abeokuta
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Amaechi, Amosun & Wole Soyinka On Train Ride From Lagos To Abeokuta

History was made on Friday as the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Alake,the paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and other dignitaries, joined to ride on the newly constructed Standard Guage rail line, from Iju in Lagos to Abeokuta.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Wole Soyinka Pictured Together
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Wole Soyinka Pictured Together

Two writing giants from Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Professor Wole Soyinka met and took a photo which the former shared on Instagram. Sharing the photo, Chimamanda showered the Nobel Laureate winner with glowing words. She wrote: [i] You are, for me, a guiding light: Your courage. The ease with which you inhabit your skin, speaking your mind, unburdened by apology.
Minister Didn’t Insult Buhari In Audio Tape – Soyinka
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Minister Didn’t Insult Buhari In Audio Tape – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says he has read several reports of the trending audio clip depicting the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, insulting President Muhammadu Buhari but he has not been able to spot any insults as insinuated by the media. Soyinka said this in Abuja on Wednesday at a symposium on fake news organised by BBC News. The playwright, who was a panellist at the event tagged, ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’, urged the traditional media not to act like the electronic media by spreading unfounded allegations. He said, “Just two or three days ago, I read an item where a minister was supposed to have insulted the President and it was carried in some media and I checked the statement and of course there was a video and so on and I looked throug...
Soyinka Attacks A Former President For Supporting ‘A Devil’
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Soyinka Attacks A Former President For Supporting ‘A Devil’

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has asked Nigerians to be wary of a former president who pretends to be the conscience of the nation. Soyinka said this in Abuja on Wednesday at a symposium on fake news organised by BBC News. The playwright, who was a panelist at the event tagged, ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’, urged the traditional media not to spread unfounded allegations as the electronic media sometimes do. The Nobel Laureate said if the former leader had been referring to a certain person for eight years as ‘a devil’ and is now telling Nigerians to vote for the devil, then there is a reason for Nigerians to express some doubt. Soyinka said, “We have got to develop a very healthy skepticism. If someone in a position of power for eight years has lectured a nati...
I Am Done With Honorary Awards, Says Soyinka
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I Am Done With Honorary Awards, Says Soyinka

 The Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka on Friday said he was done with the conferment of Honorary  awards on him. He said this while receiving an Honorary Degree  of Doctor of Letters at the convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. “This is an institution where in the same town and state is where I took my first steps to learning. So it is symmetrical, it is a closure. I said this is symbolical way to end my teaching career. But there is one thing which I thought that suppose this is the last honorary degree I receive from anywhere, what a beautiful closure it is” he said. “The reason I am announcing it now is because I can always use you, this institution, this town, all the royalties present, the students will hear, as a witness to this day, that the ...
Buhari: Failure To Obey Court Orders, National Embarrassment – Soyinka
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Buhari: Failure To Obey Court Orders, National Embarrassment – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to obey court orders as a national embarrassment. It was also a day President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, declared in Lagos that restructuring of Nigeria is now or never. They said this at the maiden Handshake Across Nigeria summit, with the theme: Nigeria beyond oil organised by Nzuko Umunna in partnership with The Core Federalists, which was held in Lagos, yesterday. Soyinka, who was the keynote speaker, also said present and past leaders have consistently abandoned recommendations made by Nigerians on different occasions on how to move the country forward and that restructuring the countr...
UI Names Theater After Wole Soyinka
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UI Names Theater After Wole Soyinka

The University of Ibadan today renamed its Arts Theatre after Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka. The university also named the Practical Theatre as Geoffrey Axworthy studio. Axworthy was the founding Director of the School of Drama of the university in 1962. Soyinka was also the founding head when the school was transformed into a full Department of Theatre Arts in 1970. Speaking at the unveiling of the theatre, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, said the event marked a landmark in the history of the university. The vice-chancellor said the two iconic figures had played significant roles in the development of the department and the growth of performing arts in the country. According to him, the quest to rename the theatre after Soyinka recei...
Evander Holyfield Fights Bola Tinubu In Lagos, Wole Soyinka Is Referee
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Evander Holyfield Fights Bola Tinubu In Lagos, Wole Soyinka Is Referee

Evander Holyfield, legendary five-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, has formally announced the most anticipated exhibition boxing match that is billed to take place in Lagos on Thursday, May 25 at the Eko Atlantic City. It will be beamed Live from Lagos, Nigeria to the world. The top-bill charity-focused showbiz event is the first of its kind on the African continent, and it will feature former governor of Lagos and leader of the ruling APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu sparring Evander Holyfield in the bout to be refereed by the Nobel laureate, Prof.Wole Soyinka. In his endorsement of the BAT vs Holyfield bout, Asiwaju Tinubu was quoted as saying: “I can’t wait to knock Evander down. I’m the real champion of the world!” The private sector-initiated event is designed as a contr...
PDP Crisis: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Under Fire
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PDP Crisis: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Under Fire

The leadership crisis tearing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apart is now being linked to the failure of the party to field a Northerner as its presidential flag bearer in the 2015 elections. The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYC), factional leader of the PDP, Senator  Ahmed Makarfi, former national chairman, Dr. Mohammed Haliru and several other party chieftains  believe the story would have been different today for the PDP if it had given its ticket to  a Northerner in that election. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan from the Southsouth who completed  the  first term of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and went on to win re-election in 2011 was the party’s candidate in 2015 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner. The party has not known peace since then with Makarfi and...
Osinbajo, Wole Soyinka, Kukah At Unveiling Of “Religion & Making Of Nigeria”
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Osinbajo, Wole Soyinka, Kukah At Unveiling Of “Religion & Making Of Nigeria”

Prof. Olufemi Vaughan author of the book The Religion and The Making of Nigeria today unveiled his book at Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre, Abuja. In attendance at the book discussion were VP Osinbajo, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Dr. Tukur Bello Bello Ingawa OON, Mr. Ishmael Olalekan Alli Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Sen. Bassey Ewa-Henshaw,  Amb. Folasho Olukoya Chairman of the occasion and others. See pictures below
President Buhari Inherited Burden From Jonathan – Wole Soyinka
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President Buhari Inherited Burden From Jonathan – Wole Soyinka

Prof Wole Soyinka has said it would take time for President Muhammadu Buhari to clear the rot he inherited from his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, whose administration, he believed, left a “heavy baggage” and “burden” that may take a while to tackle. According to The Nation,he spoke in Johannesburg, South Africa at a public lecture on the theme: Politics, Culture and the New Africa. He said: “This (Buhari) administration has inherited a heavy baggage. While I am critical in some aspects of the priority, I think that to clear up the mess left by previous administrations is going to take quite a while, especially in the economy sector. So, I don’t use words like optimism or pessimism; I’m just pragmatic. I look at what is on the ground and, of course, wherever I can intervene, I do b...