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PostSubject: Power grabbers want to truncate Nigeria’s democracy – Soyinka   2015-03-20, 10:59

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka,
has raised the alarm that “illegal,
sinister and power-grabbers” are
bent on scuttling the country’s
current democratic process.
The power-grabbers, according to
him, are the ones pushing for the
imposition of interim government
on the country.
He said during an interview with
SaharaTV, a United States-based
online broadcast station operated
by SaharaReporters, that what he
was sure of, was that President
Goodluck Jonathan knew such
people.
The 80-year-old playwright, who
on Wednesday told a German
radio station, Deutsche Welle, that
he feared there were “clear
indications of a military
intervention,” said with the current
political situation and the
insurgency in the North-East,
Nigeria was facing its most
dangerous period.
He said in spite of the challenges,
what bothered him most, was the
plot by some people to take over
the rein of the country illegally.
Soyinka said, “This is what bothers
me deeply: There are people who
see this as an opportunity for their
own political and sinister activities
in the country.
Therefore, we are not even united
against the dangerous enemy of
the country. The elections
themselves are being used as an
opportunity of sowing bitter seed
of discord and for power-grabbing.
“It is now an established fact that
there had been moves towards
scuttling the democratic process by
instituting a so-called interim
government. But the proof is there
of some participants in meetings
for the formation of an interim
government. Why form an interim
government when there is an
electoral process?
The Nobel laureate stated that he
spoke personally with the
President to ascertain his
involvement in the plot to foist an
interim government on Nigerians.
“I went to President Jonathan and I
asked him, and he was to all
appearances outraged by the very
suggestion. I remember he used an
expression, ‘If such a thing is going
on it is outside my wish or my will.
After I have been elected by the
entire nation, isn’t being the head
of an interim government a
demotion and an undignifying
position?’” Soyinka said.
“Maybe there are forces in
operation in this nation during this
very critical period about which he
knows of that is the answer which I
could make and it is up to him to
sort himself out in contending with
these illegal forces,” the literary
icon said.
Soyinka therefore called on
Nigerians not to be complacent
about the current political situation
in the country.
He said, “I believe that these
elections, going by his (Jonathan)
body language… it is very difficult
to penetrate truthfully and deeply
into the minds of politicians… going
by his body language, I think
Jonathan has no intention of
scuttling the elections.
“In other words, the elections
would take place but what kind of
elections would we have? And what
might be the aftermath of the
elections? He has repeatedly said,
‘I’m going back to Otuoke if I lose
the election.’ I just hope we don’t
wake up one day with our
complacent attitude and find out
that we, as a people, have been
overthrown by very sinister, illegal
and useless forces.”
He had told Deutsche Welle on
Wednesday that “ex-military
officers and security officers were
trying to push aside the political
contestants and use the unrest (in
the North-East) as an excuse to
establish an interim government.
Soyinka explained that “the nature
of the interim government wants
to pretend it’s not really a military
intervention.”
He added that “a few political
leaders, well-known civilians, want
to give the veneer of civilian
structure, but basically it’s a kind of
political intervention.”
The Nobel laureate, who stated
that Nigeria “is aspiring very hard
to become a failed state,” also
lamented the increasingly
aggressive direction the election
campaign in Nigeria was taking.
Soyinka told DW that while he
doesn’t support the opposition’s
move to file criminal charges
against Mrs. Patience Jonathan at
the International Criminal Court,
her comments should be checked.
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