The news that Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, has caused some speculation on what could have given rise to such a visit.
While speaking on why he visited, Soyinka said that they discussed matters of national and international importance and that was all he was willing to divulge.
Over time, Wole Soyinka has had a lot to say about President Buhari, some of them can be construed as support, others as criticism. Below are the top 7 things he has said:
1. On Presidential elections
While speaking on why he voted Buhari in the past election, he said the above to his audience at the Havard University Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, where he delivered a lecture on: “Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies”. April 29, 2015.
2. On choosing between Buhari and Jonathan
He said the above at the same event in the United States. He obviously had some reservations about voting Buhari in.
3. Speaking against Buhari in 2007
These words were culled from an article originally published in January 2007 on Sahara Reporters with the title, The Nigerian Nation Against General Buhari, by Wole Soyinka.
4. Speaking on Buhari’s ‘crimes’
Wole Soyinka while speaking in an interview with Zero Tolerance, a periodic publication by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2015, described Buhari as a lucky man who had not yet asked for forgiveness for his sins, but was accepted by Nigerians.
5. Soyinka urged Nigerians to be cautious
At a speech in the United States, he also said that Buhari was not some sort of messiah, so Nigerians should not get their hopes up, but that Buhari had a sense of history.
6. Speaking out against the ‘herdsmen’ massacres.
While speaking on April 27, 2016, he said the above words. After he said that herdsmen invaded his home while he was abroad with the cows leaving a “motorable” path.
7. Speaking on Buhari’s administration
Wole Soyinka said this to Channels Television in Johannesburg where he is expected to speak at a public lecture entitled Politics, Culture and the New Africa.