Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said he should be examined by a psychiatrist, if he joins the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, spear-headed by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo recommended the coalition in a letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari last month.
Prof. Soyinka had asked Nigerians to rally round the movement, saying neither the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, nor could the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, give Nigeria the leadership it deserved.
But speaking in an interview with BBC Yoruba yesterday, Soyinka said the coalition was not meant for someone like him. “Me? Obasanjo would establish a group and I will become a member of such group?
That means they should get a psychiatrist to examine me,” Soyinka said. He also spoke about the letters which Obasanjo and former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, addressed to Buhari, saying people should get suspicious “when these soldiers speak” because there is the possibility that “what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind.”
Soyinka said nonetheless, the content of the message should be examined, even though the messengers were not trustworthy. He said: “When these soldiers begin to speak, we are supposed to get suspicious and ask what exactly do they have in mind? It is possible that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind.
He urged the youth to come together and present a candidate to represent them, adding that the older generation would support them.