Jonathan is like Nebuchadnezzar — Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has taken a swipe at President Jonathan for gross misconduct. He was speaking at a press conference held in Lagos when he opened his reservation for the president.

The literary guru used the title ‘Nebuchadnezzar — the reign of impunity’ where he described the recent happening at National Assembly, as a war against the people.

The Inspector General of Police had on November, 20, ordered that the national Assembly be locked up to prevent the house of reps Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal access into the lower house. An action Soyinka termed ‘unambigous’. Sahara Reporters noted him saying:

“I shall not insist that the biblical figure of Nebuchadnezzar is uniquely apt for the pivotal figure of the ‘democratic’ history in the making at this moment,” said Mr. Soyinka. “For one thing, Nebu was a nation builder and a warrior. One could argue even more convincingly for the figure of Balthazar, his successor, or indeed Emperor Nero as reference point – you all remember him – the emperor who took to fiddling while Rome was burning.

“However you should easily recall why I opted for King Nebu – the figure that currently sits on the top of our political pile himself evoked it, albeit in a context that virtuously disclaimed any similarities, even tendencies. Perhaps he meant it at the time when he claimed: ‘I am no Nebuchadnezzar.’ Perhaps not. One judges leaders on acts however, not pronouncements, which are often as reliable as electoral promises.”

He cited many other shortcomings of the President, but it’s up to Nigerians to choose to revert to  “Abacharian status of glorified slaves.” He added




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