Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has urged Nigerians not to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in the upcoming elections because he has failed in leadership.
Soyinka stated this on Thursday, February 5 at the 2015 edition of the programme, “Vision of the Child” (VOTC), according to Sahara Reporters.
The renowned playwright also reportedly said that he has 60 reasons not to vote for Jonathan.
“I will not vote and I will not encourage anyone to vote for the continuation of this government, simply because your colleagues numbering over two hundred were kidnapped,” Soyinka said referring to the abducted Chibok Girls who have been missing since April 14, 2014.
“And the government of this nation failed to show leadership. So anyone who says after that event that I will vote or cast my vote or encourage anyone to vote for this regime must be living in Sambisa forest,” he added.
“There has been a failure of leadership. Our children whom you represent today have been betrayed. After that dereliction of duty, after that failure of leadership, after that betrayal for our future, for anyone to think or to put words in my mouth suggesting that I will vote or encourage anyone to vote for this regime is a travesty of intelligence,” Soyinka said.
Soyinka had previously likened Jonathan to the biblical King Nebuchadnezzar and also denied reports that he had endorsed him for re-election.