Read Excerpts Of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s Interview With CNN’s Christiane Amanpour!

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, is known to be a very vocal and frank person. He granted an interview to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, yesterday, Tuesday, 7th May. He spoke a lot about the state of the nation and other issues. Read excerpts below:

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When asked about his views on President Jonathan’s government, he said:

“This is a government which is not only in denial mentally, but in denial about certain obvious steps to take… It’s one of those rather child-like situations that if you shut your eyes, if you don’t exhibit the tactile evidence of the missing humanity here, that somehow the problem will go away.”

Asked about the dramatic display by Patience Jonathan, Soyinka said:

“Please, I do not want to say anything about that woman who calls herself the First Lady of Nigeria. No, I wont.”

Christiane Amanpour asked him if he believes that President Jonathan is in denial, Soyinka said,

“It’s not only he. It’s the advisers around him. It’s a certain section of the nation, some of whom enjoy for various reasons a nation in a state of chaos. They profit by it, and in fact some of them are guilty of provoking the situation.” The person who has no excuse is the president of the nation.”

Soyinka condemned the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and called on the international community to come and help Nigeria. He said;

 “It is not just a Nigerian problem. I’m calling for the international community, the United Nations – this is a problem. This is a global problem”

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