Buhari Is Not The Messiah – Soyinka
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka,has said that it will be naive for Nigerians to think that president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari is the messiah of the country.
He, however, said Buhari cannot be worse than past presidents because he will be guided by a sense of history.
Speaking while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies’ at the Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research in the United States, Soyinka, who was asked by a former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, if Buhari could reform Nigeria like the late Singaporean leader, Lee Kuan Yew. said he “is cautiously optimistic” about Buhari’s performance.
He predicted that Buhari would be influenced by those around him to “keep his nose to the letter of the law. In his zeal to absolutely eradicate corruption, he might take advantage of ambiguous areas in the law and the constitution to empower himself to deal very ruthlessly and quickly with those who have robbed the nation blind.”
He said, “I think that Buhari has a sense of history. He knows that he must make a mark, a very positive mark, on Nigeria to be able to live with himself, or die with a clean conscience. We must make sure that Nigerians are not allowed to forget his past. They should not think that the messiah has finally arrived.
“I think we stay on guard and continue to do what has needed to be done for the past 20 years or so.”