Presidency Should Go To The Southeast As Soon As Possible – Wole Soyinka Says, Gives Reason

by Opeyemi Alimi
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Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has advocated for the presidency to be zoned to the southeast region to heal from the wounds of the civil war.

Wole Soyinka said this while speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Monday, suggesting that the presidency going to the southeast will help to “rewrite the history.”

He said: “It is not just about reconstruction, it is also about rewriting of history.

“We believe that to close the circle of negativity that we have embarked on before and during the civil war, I believe, the presidency, as soon as possible, should go towards the eastern region which lost a war.

“This is one of the ways to heal the wounds of the nation – that is a principle and philosophy.

According to him, none of the leading presidential candidates in the just-concluded polls provided a believable agenda for restructuring, hence, he did not endorse anyone.

Soyinka said: “In fact, one of the reasons I refused to endorse any candidate is because none of the candidates addressed the things closest to my heart, like again, reconstructing the nation.

“I did not see any genuine commitment, any believable agenda about restructuring, decentralization of Nigeria which is at the heart of the problem for me at the moment.

“People were more concerned with just aiming for power.”

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