Soyinka disagrees with Obasanjo on restructuring

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Monday disagreed with the position of former President Olusegun Obasanjo that what Nigeria needs is a restructuring of the mind.

While the demand for restructuring has continued to mount especially from the southern regions of Nigeria, former President Obasanjo had maintained that what Nigerians need to do was to restructure their mentality.

“We have to restructure our minds, we have to restructure our understanding of Nigeria, what country do we want and if we decide on what country we want, how do we get that country, all hands on deck,” Obasanjo had said.

But Soyinka, who spoke with newsmen at the Freedom Park in Lagos, disagreed with Obasanjo’s view. He said that Nigeria is long overdue for reconfiguration.

Soyinka argued that the restructuring of the mind could be done on daily basis and insisted that Nigeria currently needs “reconfiguring”.

He also decried the recent rallies and calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term in 2019. According to him, it was sickening for anybody to be demanding that Buhari should run again in 2019 just midway into his first tenure.

The literary icon said he would not want be part of such discussions.


President Buhari recently returned from London where he spent 103 days on medical vacation. He had earlier this year spent 49 days in London on health issues that have remained top secret.

However, while it was not yet clear what the current health status of President Buhari is, many of his supporters and party members are already canvassing for asecond term in 2019.

On the other hand, the demand for the restructuring of the country has continued to mount. The regions of the southern part of the country has continued to call for a return to the 1963 Constitution of the country which allowed each region greater control over its resources.



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