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Friday, 20 March 2015

Power grabbers want to truncate Nigeria’s democracy - Soyinka

In an interview with Sahara TV, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, said 'illegal, sinister and power-grabbers' are bent on scuttling the country’s current democratic process, are agitating for an interim government and that president Jonathan knows these people.
“This is what bothers me deeply: There are people who see this as an opportunity for their own political and sinister activities in the country. Therefore, we are not even united against the dangerous enemy of the country. The elections themselves are being used as an opportunity of sowing bitter seed of discord and for power-grabbing.
“It is now an established fact that there had been moves towards scuttling the democratic process by instituting a so-called interim government. But the proof is there of some participants in meetings for the formation of an interim government. Why form an interim government when there is an electoral process?
"I went to President Jonathan and I asked him, and he was to all appearances outraged by the very suggestion. I remember he used an expression, ‘If such a thing is going on it is outside my wish or my will. After I have been elected by the entire nation, isn’t being the head of an interim government a demotion and an undignifying position?’
“Maybe there are forces in operation in this nation during this very critical period about which he knows of that is the answer which I could make and it is up to him to sort himself out in contending with these illegal forces,”
“I believe that these elections, going by his (Jonathan) body language… it is very difficult to penetrate truthfully and deeply into the minds of politicians… going by his body language, I think Jonathan has no intention of scuttling the elections.
“In other words, the elections would take place but what kind of elections would we have? And what might be the aftermath of the elections? He has repeatedly said, ‘I’m going back to Otuoke if I lose the election.’ I just hope we don’t wake up one day with our complacent attitude and find out that we, as a people, have been overthrown by very sinister, illegal and useless forces.” Soyinka said

103 comments:

@lwkmd_naija - follow on instagram/twitter said...

True... Lindaobserve

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Well said prof. Tell jona $ his offspring the gospel truth, I see dem twerking dem ass off power in few days from now.Amin.

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Well said prof. Tell jona $ his offspring the gospel truth, I see dem twerking dem ass off power in few days from now.Amin.

7F098C19 said...

That's them tinubu and co. Criminals calling for change. What change? GEJ till 2019. Engr Emy

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Lik...

omo ibadan said...

I can never trust GEJ. Sai Baba Buhari.



Vote no fight

RareSpecie Z said...

God in his Greatness and infinite mercy will not allow the enemies of the people to prevail in their evil plot(s).

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hian! They are beginning to put fear in our hearts. God forbids any sinistral interim government. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hian! They are beginning to put fear in our hearts. God forbids any sinistral interim government. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hian! They are beginning to put fear in our hearts. God forbids any sinistral interim government. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hian! They are beginning to put fear in our hearts. God forbids any sinistral interim government. Linda take note!

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Phew! The issue of the interim government has been thrown at him several times, and several times he denied it.
Nigeria is a project in God's hand, I could recall the day we marched to the National Assembly when the Aondoaka cabal held Nigeria hostage, we didn't march that day because of Jonathan, but because we want the right thing to be done.
No individual or group of persons are bigger than Nigeria.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

chris ikechukwu said...

There evil plans will nt work IJN amen

Anonymous said...

TRUE TALK SIR...U RILLI VE A POINT...TOMJERRYSWIT

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

He spoke well and hit d nail on d head wit dis lovely words of his "I think Jonathan has no intention of scuttling the elections." Thumbs up to him and I wish him well.

OSINANL said...

Meanings of APC :
Asiwaju private company
Aggressive people's Congress
Association of political criminals
Association of Propaganda Congress
Association of present corruption
Association of party criminals
More still coming...

salifu ebiojo said...

I agree with him on this. So many wrong about GEJ body language, which makes him very difficult to understand especially in this electioneering period.

Anonymous said...

Listen to soyinka vote jonathan pp! Pls votte jonathan we dnt knw wat we're against with buharians. Pls I'm pleading think and luk around Buhari b4 u cast dt vote! Soyinka has said it all!

Nnenne George said...

Soyinka has spoken... Very brilliant. He's my man anytime anyday. But I believe GEJ will keep to his words. We're still marching forward👍...

D'ANGELS. said...

The Elders have spoken!

Anonymous said...

#GodBless WS
#GodBless GEJ

Bonita Bislam said...


Spot on prof.Nigeria died the day june 12 was killed.Like shakespear's macbeth,that was the day we murdered sleep. These mafia dons and godfathers are operating big time this time around and i fear even Jonathan's hands are tied.There's no stopping them ! God should pls deliver this country.

christie benjamin said...

Assumptions, insinuations, hatred, untruths, anger, bitterness towards our fellow human
Just becux ure supporting a political party.
All these politicians don't care about you and I
They care bout their selfish interests. But
We are here cursing ourselves on their
Behave. Ignorant us.

Anonymous said...

Old man please quiet nd watch.........u are not a politician. Face your book nd teach Buhari how 2 pass WAEC and contest again.

Anonymous said...

Old man please quiet nd watch.........u are not a politician. Face your book nd teach Buhari how 2 pass WAEC and contest again.

Anonymous said...

Old man please quiet nd watch.........u are not a politician. Face your book nd teach Buhari how 2 pass WAEC and contest again.

Anonymous said...

Old man please quiet nd watch.........u are not a politician. Face your book nd teach Buhari how 2 pass WAEC and contest again.

Ajibola said...

The APC people want to scuttle democracy. they have used boko haram ,chibok girls and different kinds of black mail yet the president is steadfast.

Jonathan will win the Elections by Gods grace and no force or forces will truncate that. AMEN

Anonymous said...

i suspect Tambual , Tinubu ,Buhari, Atiku ,amaechi , Aliu Babangida, Lamido ,T Danjuma , Obasanjo....they are the forces behind all these issues bedeviling the country

Anonymous said...

GOD will not allow evil to triumph in our land. Power to the people. Linda note.

Chidinma Grace said...

He who av ear let him hear. Change is not what we want. We want a man with a conscience, a man wt vision, and dt man is GEJ! Vote wisely. Bc some hawks re bent in grabbing dt seat and turning Nigeria to a family business just like de av succeeded in turning Lagos to a family business. Even Ambode said dt in one of dia campaigns. That lagos is dia company, as if his father built it.

igwe Adaobi said...

I don't understand this man's point o
Who is he referring to?

irabo bobby fera favor said...

Exactly sir. #ihavedecided to vote for #change

Jenyo James said...

Na wa o!!! For Nigeria government

Ogechi@ afakos@yahoo.com said...

God will deliver us from these intoxicated and seeking power politicians.

Rotimi Bewaji said...

I hope so too. Hmmm!

Henry Eze said...

What is this old Yoruba man saying, he should pls go and chill....his time has passed, his opinion or views ain't relevant again.....beside am not a fan of literature so i hate his view

beluGod Nweke said...

He's speaking in parables...he should call names

Anonymous said...

If they do something sinister we shall go into the streets and we will take back our country. The world has become a small place,there is no place to run or hide. We will hunt them, and bring them to justice. We shall reincarnate the drums in bar beach, drag and strip them naked and tie them to drums and publicly execute them. Enough is enough for these greedy bastards. The $56b Jonathan and diezenie have shared in just 6yrs is enough to build schools, hospitals and create jobs for so so so so many. Why are just these few have so much hate for the the people who sacrificed to have him elected in 2011? How dump or selfish can a leader be? If you vote this man in again, then you hate yourself. Take the bribe but vote for change. Vote for anyone...anyone BUT not pdp!

Seun Samuel said...

We know that President Jonathan has a good mind....we also know those desperadoes who would do anything to hijack power...Their plans will fail by His grace.

Innocentia Anny said...

Tell them Soyinka all these politicians are so shallow minded individuals.......We pray this Election goes without blood shed

angela akadakpo said...

Hmmmmmmm, naija God's own country father tk control o cum nxtwk saturday.

NMaa said...

U also knw these useless forces. Buhari nd co. The worst mistake apc did was presenting buhari as their presidental candidate. (Na soyinka talk am nt me oo).

Anonymous said...

#word

Gay Life of an Anonymous Writer

ary said...

true talk

Anonymous said...

dats serious

Danny Cruz said...

GEJ till 2019!!!! Buhari is nt a perfect match. All Buhari wants is power.

Anonymous said...

You obviously don't have aged ones educated in your household. It will be difficult for you to progress in life with this attitude of yours... Sad! So sad!!

Anonymous said...

How will you understand since you support those that wants to surreptitiously impose an Interim Government. He is telling you that the likes of Tinubu, T.Y Danjuma, Obasanjo, Amaechi et al are clandestinely planning an interim Government in collaboration with some army personal.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Is this a Nigerian responding to Wole Soyinka like this??? Unbelievable.

Awesome slim said...

You are an ignoramus ! Donkey!

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@Osirmah said...

Well said!!!! I just hope n pray dis election should come n go peacefully, b4, during n after d election!!!!!

FF on IG n Twitter @Osirmah

@Osirmah said...

Dull brain!

@Osirmah said...

Eyaah, see hw butter u r! Guessed u haven't eaten today? So sorry. I feel ur pain! U such a coward tho! From ur comment it's clear Dat u r such a brainless fellow! I pity ur future!

Goodluck Till2019 said...

Preach

Anonymous said...

If my country men buys dollar at the rate of 220 to 230 naira to a dollar.
If my country men have their state allocation slashed by 50% and no more salary to state workers.
If my country men do not have electricity blinks in the past one month.
If my country men has gotten no new refinery since 16 yrs ago.
If my country men has seen where an ex-militant becomes a billionaire and flies a private jet.
If my country men can buy what they purchase with 300 naira for 500 naira and still smile.
If my country federal government doctors are been owed 9 months salary.
If my country men 70,000 federal government workers have not received December 2014 salary.
If my country men in North West keeps dieing like pigs till past six weeks.
*
And if some of my country men again comes here to support the continuation.
Then I weep for the children unborn.
Then I do not pity this generation at all.
We brought this upon our-self, cos we had the opportunity to say NO MORE!
*
We believe more in our region than the country.
Imagine a US citizen dies now?
It'll affect all and sundry.
*
Be sincere with yourself, 
HAVE U FELT BAD SOMEONE GET KILLED IN THE NORTH
HAVE YOU FELT BAD THAT SOMEONE HAS NOT EATEN TODAY
HAVE YOU FELT BAD THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE LOOSING THEIR JOBS COS OF THE ECONOMIC DOWN TURN
*
DO U FEEL GOOD THAT SOMEONE CHARTERED A JET FOR 10 BILLION
DO U FEEL GOOD THAT SOMEONE BOUGHT 225 MILLION VEHICLE WITHOUT A PROBE
DO U FEEL GOOD YOUR PRESIDENT FLIES 11 JETS
DO U FEEL GOOD THAT A 20 BILLION DOLLAR IS MISSING
DO U FEEL GOOD THAT THEY SAID THEY SUBSIDIZE KEROSENE TO 50 NAIRA AND YET U STILL BUYS IT AT 130 NAIRA.
DO U FEEL GOOD OF ALL THE $200 BILLION DOLLAR COLLECT AS OIL REVENUE YEARLY SINCE LAST SIX YEAR, THE ONLY DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRAZY YOU HAVE IS REFURBISHMENT OF AIRPORT, BUILDING ALMAJIRI SCHOOLS, FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTION.
*
IF YOU FIND SAYING YES TO ALL THE ABOVE,.
THEN WE ARE DOOMED.

@Osirmah said...

Dull brain! If u claim his time has passed,atleast u agree Dat he ones had a time, but u never had n will neva have a Time in dis country! Coz from ur comments it's clear Dat u r a brainless nigga!

okafor anayo said...

APC did everything right except one thing wc is using buhari as their presidential candidate. why can't they use a neutral candidate since they want change.the leaders of yesterday still want to be leaders of today.I can't see any thing associated with change in APC.the best candidate should take the seat...NB tired of PDP too.we need fresh minds.

PEACE MAKER said...

Is that what he is saying ? I know you failed woefully in your comprehension exercises in school.

Anonymous said...

Like every discerning person,the great Prof.Soyinka knows that Jonathan will lose the election...the question is,will GEJ agree to go back to Otueke after the election..or connive with sinister group to form interim government..

OSINANL said...

Meanings of APC :
Asiwaju private company
Aggressive people's Congress
Association of political criminals
Association of Propaganda Congress
Association of present corruption
Association of party criminals
More still coming

OSINANL said...

Meanings of APC :
Asiwaju private company
Aggressive people's Congress
Association of political criminals
Association of Propaganda Congress
Association of present corruption
Association of party criminals
More still coming

OSINANL said...

Meanings of APC :
Asiwaju private company
Aggressive people's Congress
Association of political criminals
Association of Propaganda Congress
Association of present corruption
Association of party criminals
More still coming

OSINANL said...

Lolzzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

The truth of the matter is that our dear beloved country will be turned to a family package and off course hooligans will have a field day. Lagos State is a clear case study.

NB:
A pastor does not have any business mingling with these politicians.Our dear RCCG Osibajo, have you sworn to be loyal for the rest of your political career to the powers that be? We are just asking...

OSINANL said...

Meanings of APC :
Asiwaju private company
Aggressive people's Congress
Association of political criminals
Association of Propaganda Congress
Association of present corruption
Association of party criminals
More still coming

OSINANL said...

Gbam...

OSINANL said...

You are doomed and not "we"

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Well said my brother. Linda I wish u could copy this and make it an article on its own, as am in tears right now. God please give us courage to do something.

OSINANL said...

You can waste your vote on the dead brain then

olu said...

You talk about taking to the streets, yet you forget that we Nigerians are an unfortunate mix of people... We fall into one of three categories: 1. Cowards - We are not ready to die for what we believe in.
2. Sell-outs - We would fight for what we believe in... till ghana-must-go is exchanged, and then we abandon our values.
3. Brain-washed - members of this group are actually ready to die for an Ideal... Problem is, that Ideal is seldom theirs... It's almost always Ideals of a charismatic mad man.

Anonymous said...

Well said prof.

Clock is ticking,
Time is running
Card Reader is charging
PVC is dusting
Wind of change is blowing
Umbrella is leaking
Mua'zu is resigning
INEC is distributing
GMB is promising
Jonathan is insulting
Nigerians are willing
PDP is doubting
Boko Haram is bombing
Ebele is bribing
Change is coming
Corrupt leaders shall be leaving
God is watching
PDP shall be packing
Sai-Buharing!
I know you're now smiling
Because i'm rhyming
keep on sweeping
Don't stop marching
Haha.. Can't help laughing,
Please start commenting!

pirosha said...

Gbayiiiing!!!

Anonymous said...

@ Osinal, you are an absolute retard! I have been reading your comments all day. You have sold your soul to the devil. I bet you got paid peanuts to do this e rat job. You are in the class of peasants FFK talked about yesterday.

Anonymous said...

ABOKIDAWARRIBOY obviously lacks understanding of what the Prof said. some one pls help him interprete in the language he can understand...

Subomi said...

The worst will be if we allow the idea of Military take over pop up in the heads of our Generals

Anonymous said...

What fear? You people are just to blind and to stupid to figure out what's actually happening! Y'all Carried away with the "change" stupid clitche...y'all stupid! all ye "sai buhari's" very very stupid and blind

Anonymous said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

Body language? Are you for real? Why are there so many daft Nigerians?

Anonymous said...

Oh pls shut up Bitch! Why are you people so stupid to see the truth when it's staring at you? Everything must boil down to political selfish interest? Common!

Anonymous said...

Listen to what soyinka is trying to point out b4 u start campaigning u fool.

Anonymous said...

Simple!

Anonymous said...

How would you understand? Ignorance is your strong characteristic

Anonymous said...

Lol do u have sense at all?

Anonymous said...

Salifu, you think like your name

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up....... they dnt knw who we are and we here saying abusive words to ourselves....... The only we should do is to ask God to put someone that won't make us cry there.......It is well

Anonymous said...

Thanks Soyika, always saying it as it is - Goodluck mentioned his intentions but he should be responsible if people around him thwart this exercise.

#smh - Buhari said he will build 4 Refineries in 4 years! why should we doubt him when he built 2 in less than 2 years while he was Head of State.

#smh - Why is PDP crying foul against Jega; when GEJ won in 2011 was Jega not there? We all voted for GEJ but he failed us woefully!!!

Sai Buhari.

Rotimi Bewaji said...

It's like dis osinanl guy is a robot,speaking in programming languages and repeating d same Gibberish over and over again

AGB said...

Well said bro.

Anonymous said...

Another Olodo

Anonymous said...

Shutup you two...if Wole is so smart and could really read body languages He wouldn't publicly insinuate the president is planning an interim government if he losses...yes it is very obvious judging from his body language that he is tensed and scared...but you must understand that this is Nigeria We'r talking about,he is not as dumb as Buhari to consider an interim.UN or ECOWAS will intervene,the world will ridicule him.BokinafasoForExample. Be it as it may,from the ongoing Jega Saga I expect the PDP to carefully follow up the electoral process on that day even go as far as announcing the winner privately before Jega says other wise,because I am certain goodluck is winning by vote (yea fuck you too).Back to the interim goverment (which is impossible anyways) Worst that could happen if Jonathan is announced loser is a seperation of the Northern a southern protectorate.Yes yes I can not guarantee you One Nigeria if you push GEJ away with such conspiracy.I know this so uncivil and silly in the hearing,but this is the real matter I tell you...If you guys were so liberal and Wanted the best for Nigeria and not power to the North why BUHARI,even my baby sister knows Buhari only stutters from the paper....We don't even hear the hell he's reading talk more of talking without his papers.I still maintain that GEJ has done poorly,but how on earth can an Uneducated man do better,it's not only by being a retired general,we can't toil with this country anymore

Anonymous said...

Linda pls give juliet this 100k and let her go and rest. Bloody nuisance

Anonymous said...

This man's comments recently on national issues is beginning to make him lose values!! He is talking like a learned man that he is. I mean, he should use his intellect to build, unite his society not confusing everyone with English, abusing Mr. President. Make hin go rest jare!. I am even start hating him. Old age don dey catcham and he just dey run mouth like a Yoruba man that he is!!!

Bobby Omoaghe said...

#Sai Jonathan, Kai Buhari

Cornelius Chukwu said...

We all know where killings emanate from after a particular individual failed to win election. Therefore, hope that the accord signed by both parties would hold. And I sincerely believe that no Nigerian living or dead would accept military rule in Nigeria anymore.

Anonymous said...

Like seriously. Some people re just blind. Sai buhari my ass. God forbid. It's not gonna be our potion in Jesus name,Amen.
#oneandonlynwa@gmail.com#

Anonymous said...

You the main olodo

Anonymous said...

Thank you o Jare. Jonathan is winning. No going back to otuoke. We will continue transformation from aso rock. Shikena.

Temilola Ogunleye said...

@ Chidinma Grace,If Jonathan seems to be a man of vision to u then Ur life have no direction.......March4Change.

Anonymous said...

U r are tooooooo gud! But Pls no fighting!

Anonymous said...

Linda, u really need to post GEJ's interview on BBC ooooo, let Nigerians know what GEJ is up to... He said authoritatively that he would win the election and have no idea whatsoever about how the funds/budget for security is being spent . The video has gone viral on FB

Anonymous said...

Linda, u really need to post GEJ's interview on BBC ooooo, let Nigerians know what GEJ is up to... He said authoritatively that he would win the election and have no idea whatsoever about how the funds/budget for security is being spent . The video has gone viral on FB

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