State of the nation: You’re in a trance, Soyinka tells Buhari

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Prof Wole Soyinka

The Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as someone “in a trance,” urging him to wake up to challenges bedevilling the nation.

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Soyinka said this while reacting to a question on the three things he would tell the President if he meets him, after he addressed a press conference on the state of the nation in Lagos, on Tuesday.

In a simple answer to the question, Soyinka said: “I will say Mr. President you are in a trance,” adding that the sooner the President got out of the trance, the better for the nation.

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Asked to explain what form of trance the President was in, Soyinka said, “I don’t know. So many unforced errors. Take for instance the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf,  reinstated by the President.”

He queried: “What is that about? What is going on?”

Soyinka spoke elaborately in his press conference entitled “Nomads and Nation: Valentine card or valedictory rites.”

 

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