In an interview with CNN's Christine Amanpour, Soyinka also has strong words for First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, over her crying display on national television over the abduction of school girls in Borno State.

Read what Prof. Soyinka had to say about President Jonathan:

This is a government which is not only in denial mentally, but in denial about certain obvious steps to take.

It’s one of those rather child-like situations that if you shut your eyes, if you don’t exhibit the tactile evidence of the missing humanity here, that somehow the problem will go away.

It’s not only the president. It’s the advisers around him. It’s a certain section of the nation, some of whom enjoy for various reasons, a nation in a state of chaos.

They profit by it, and in fact some of them are guilty of provoking the situation.

When Amanpour asked him what he made of the First Lady's outburst on television on the abducted girls, Prof. Soyinka said sarcastically:

I do not want to say anything about that woman who calls herself the First Lady of Nigeria. No, I wont.