Nigeria was in a mess when Buhari took over - Soyinka

- Wole Soyinka said it high time Nigeria did away from military leaders

- The Nobel Laureate noted that Buhari inherited a broken system

- He said it will take time for the country to be cleansed

Professor Wole Soyinka has spoken about President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration saying that he is not surprised by his dwindling popularity.

Buhari won the 2015 presidential election on the platform of change defeating incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Vanguard reports that the Nobel Laureate said people expected change which was why they were frustrated with the current situation in the country.

He said: “There’s nothing surprising to me about his losing popularity, it should be expected. People wanted change, that word was not just a slogan, it was a promise.”

Soyinka noted that the country was in a mess was Buhari took over and therefore needed cleansing.

He said: “Fulfilling political promises when you take over the reins of power and you have to clean up a lot of mess, it’s not easy.”

Soyinka insisted that Buhari was a better choice compared to Jonathan during the 2015 election but said it was high time the country rid itself off military leaders.

He said: “I was not particularly enamoured of the idea of a military person continuing — for heaven’s sake, it’s been too long.

“I feel very passionate that it’s about time that we eliminated the last vestiges of military control, of military representation. It’s as if there are no brains outside the military.”

Meanwhile, Soyinka confirmed that he has thrown away his Green Card as promised.

He said he was would destroy his Green Card if Donald Trump emerges as the president of the US and confimred that he is done with the US.

“I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the (green) card, and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been,” BBC quoted Soyinka as saying at an education conference at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

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