According to a Punch report, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, while at a youth programme titled “Vision of the Child” in Lagos on Thursday mentioned that he has 60 reasons why the current Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan should not be re-elected to have him return back to office on February 14 when the Nation’s presidential election would hold.
The nobel laureate did not spell out the 60 reasons during the event but he made reference to one which was the April 14 abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents from their hostel in Borno State. “I will not vote and I will not encourage anyone to vote for the continuation of this government, simply because your colleagues numbering over 200 were kidnapped,” he said.
Soyinka also stated that shortly after the kidnapping of the girls, President Jonathan failed to address the situation and went on his duties as if nothing significant had happened, which makes him stand on the fact that it will be outrageous for anyone to be supporting a re-election of such a president. He then continued: “It took the Jonathan government 10 days to even accept that the Chibok girls were missing. After that dereliction of duty; after that failure of leadership, after that betrayal of our future, for anyone to think or to put words in my mouth suggesting that I will vote or encourage anyone to vote for this regime is a travesty of intelligence.”