By Prudence Ijah, Abuja
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has berated the continuous recycling of the same generation of old leaders into the leadership of the Nation.
Soyinka who made this known on Friday in Abuja at the ongoing International Press Institute 67th World Congress urged Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other geriatric leaders of his generation to step aside and allow a new generation to lead the nation.
Professor Soyinka said Obasanjo is not in any way the ideal person to lead any movement for reform on change of leadership in Nigeria in 2019 while he advised that Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria’s Movement should not be glorified.
While responding to the question of why he has not been critical of Obasanjo unlike other past leaders like General Sani Abacha, Soyinka said “As for Obasanjo, I have news for him. And it has been a progressive thing.
” I believe Obasanjo has really crossed the red line because he is trying to put himself as the head of the recovery process. He is trying to hijack the recovery process in this nation and I say that he is one of the least worthy of one of the former heads of States to lead that kind of movement.
I have brought out a publication about that, the title is in Latin but it means; who watches the watchmen. That publication is coming out simply because I will like to see new blood in governance in this nation and I think these corrupt and hypocritical geriatrics should stop recycling themselves.”
Soyinka said his publication to expose Obasanjo will be launched on July 3 at the Freedom Park in Lagos.