Soyinka, a misfit a political analyst, says Obasanjo


Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Professor Wole Soyinka is a '

misfit as a political analyst', whose comments are often self serving.

In his book 'My Watch' Obasanjo said he respects Soyinka's views on all

issues except politics.
While describing Soyinka as a loner and brilliant writer, Obasanjo said

the Nobel laureate is often unhappy when he could not lead or outshine

He said ” Wole remains an enigma. He is many things to many people. But to

me, he is a great Nigerian, distinguished and globally accoladed outside

politics. He will not like anybody else to outdo him as a social critic.

He enjoys being a loner and may not be happy when he cannot lead or shine.

One critic I admire for his gift is Wole Soyinka. He is a great and

talented writer, who had done all of us proud as the first Nigerian Nobel

Laureate in Literature.”
According to him ” I am, however, often amused by his political comments

which are almost always self-serving. For Wole, no one can be good nor can

anything be spot on politically except that which emanates from him or is

ordained by him. His friends and loved ones will always be right and

correct no matter what they do or fail to do. I understand it has been his

character from his schooldays. In short, Wole Soyinka is consistent, which

is a good thing to know about him and to say for him.”

Obasanjo said further “… and I am not alone, i find him a misfit as a

political analyst, commentator or critic. It is thus good that he did not

foray into politics. He is surely a better wine connoisseur and a more

successful aparo — hunter than a political critic, not to talk of what he

would be as a politician. I take him seriously on almost all issues except

on the political, particularly Nigerian politics.”
The ex President who took shots at President Goodluck Jonathan, Kashamu

Buruji, Atiku Abubakar, Uche Chukwumerije, among others concluded” Not

too long ago, he joined the sober and respectable club of octogenarians

and I took the opportunity to felicitate with him on that occasion. I have

observed that since then, Wole appears to be mellowing. I am looking

forward to his centenary on the surface of planet earth. If I go before

him, I will bid him welcome when he arrives at the Great Beyond. I hope he

would do the same if he succeeds in getting there before me and we find

ourselves on the same side of the divide.”
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