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I don’t care if the President, Vice President, Speaker comes from the same Village, Religion or Tribe, it’s their capability to govern that matters – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has stated that he doesn’t care if Nigeria’s next president, vice-president, and Speaker of the House of Representatives are all from the same religion and village, but the capabilities of the individual to govern that matters.

The 88-year-old playwright while speaking on Channels Television’s Newsnight, a pre-recorded interview aired on Monday, said that the same faith ticket won’t be a problem in a “normal society” and that Nigeria has not attained such a “norm”.

“I don’t give a damn if the president, the vice-President, the speaker, etc. all come from the same village, they have the same religion, they belong to the same tribe,” Soyinka said when asked about his thoughts on the controversy that has trailed the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“If, however, it is transparently, absolutely, unarguable that is a kind of genius breed that has been donated to the nation and to the world, as long as the capability of the individuals who are into governance is proven, and it is quite clear that there is no alternative, that is my position.”

“Now, we are talking about a society which is normal, which institutions are normal…Is Nigeria normal?” he asked.


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