Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has advised Nigerians to tighten their belt the more, as the country is currently passing through economic downturn that would result in increase suffering of the citizens for the next one year.
Prof. Soyinka squarely put the blame on the shoulders of some past “corrupt” government officials who have had the privilege of piloting the affairs of the country but used the opportunity to fill their pockets and leaving the masses economically and socially worst than where they met them.
“There is no gain say that Nigerian economy is bleeding. And it is important to note that what Nigerians are passing through currently is purely the consequences of a prolonged economic insensitivity and promotion of corruption at all levels of governance by the people who were privileged to pilot the affairs of the country in the past.”
Speaking to newsmen shortly after a meeting with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Abuja yesterday, Soyinka who was the first African to be honoured with Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the government while the economic challenge last “hopefully in the next 6 months to 1 year.”
The Nigerian play writer and poet noted that the only solution to the challenge is to organize an economic conference that would have representatives from all sectors of economy, including the organized labour and civil society organizations in attendance.
He said that such meeting will provide a platform for all to look at each other’s face and tell the truth to one another on how the country should move forward economically, politically and otherwise.
Prof. Soyinka acknowledged the damage that corruption had done to the Nigerian society, thus attributing the backwardness of Nigeria in the comity of Nations to the deeds of corruption and image misconception.
He however commended the government for the fight against the menace, which he claimed has resulted in the return of stolen funds by some “corrupt” officials of the government, but strongly advised the government to strictly adhere to the rule of law that would be devoid of human rights abuse.
The Nobel Laureate equally advised the government to hasten up the reforms being done and provide Nigerians with purposeful leadership that would take Nigerians away from poverty, translating in better standard of living for the masses.


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  • vic

    SOYINKA, NOTHING NEW IN YOUR CURRENT PREACHINGS.

    ARE YOU TRYING TO SHOW YOUR RELEVANCE ON THE POLITICAL SCENE???

    DO NOT TRY TO IMPOSE YOURSELF ON NIGERIANS, YOU HAVE VERY LITTLE OR NO FOLLOWING. SO JUST KEEP QUIET, YOU LOOK MUCH BETTER THAT WAY.