‘We are not where we were before’ – Soyinka

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed paid a visit to Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka on Saturday, January 8 in his office at Freedom Park, Lagos.

During the visit, Soyinka harped on the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said unlike previous anti-corruption campaigns, he doesn’t envisage a situation where this particular war will be stopped prematurely.

“I don’t think that will happen this time and the reason is this: We have not had corruption being exposed on this scale before. We have not had a situation where it is being alleged and increasingly proved that money which was supposed to have been spent on defending our nation, ourselves and our neighbourhood has been shared among individuals.”

“We have never had a situation where we were faced not just by emergency but critical emergency with our children being kidnapped under our noses and we were helpless, soldiers were being sent to the war front to defend our essence and we were not backing them up.

“The fight against corruption in Nigeria is going to be a hard one. There is no question whatsoever that we are not where we were before this administration entered.”

“But we all have to be very careful and I have used this expression again and again that corruption fights back and the ardent fighters are those who are already within the cesspool of corruption and you can see that in the recent episode which I am not going to talk about, I am going to await a certain letter which I am told to expect and I hope that the letter writer brings it to my Egba hideout and I will educate him.”

“Let’s watch the fight against corruption. It is on two levels: one directly against corruption and counter attacks which we are. There is no retreat no matter the libel or libelous garbage from any part of this country.”

Soyinka also called on the Federal Government to consider building a ‘genuine’ National Theatre, saying what is presently referred to as the National Theatre was never designed to be a theatre in the first place, even though it is ‘adaptable in many ways’.

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