Discussing Buhari not good for my sanity – Wole Soyinka


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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka says he has been able to maintain his sanity by not discussing the Muhammadu Buhari presidency.

He stated this while reacting to a question on whether the revamping of the Lagos-Ibadan train project was a plus to the Buhari administration.

Soyinka, who spoke with Kaftan TV while onboard the train, said that the train project was “impressive” and “long overdue”.

“I don’t want to talk about Muhammadu Buhari’s administration,” the Nobel Laureate said.

According to him, “I think it is best for my sanity just to avoid that overall question. I can take bits and pieces of Nigeria’s present predicament but I think for one’s sense of balance, one must forget the existence of the Buhari administration.

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“It is a work in progress but it is a very impressive work in progress considering the difficulty of really executing anything in this country.

“I think we are looking at a virtual transport revolution which is long overdue. I had an engagement in Lagos which I nearly postponed because of the road but for some time I have been saying wait a minute, this thing (train) is supposed to be running and I checked the timetables and I said if I catch the train in Abeokuta I would be in Lagos in an hour and a half, I would be picked up, run around quickly, do my business and here I am.

“I left Abeokuta this morning, I am going back to Abeokuta to eat my Ilafun (yam/cassava flour) and I am going to sleep in my bed this evening.

“It is marvellous. That is what one has been doing in Europe. Why has it taken so long for that to happen here?”

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