Professor Wole Soyinka has come down heavily on President Muhammadu Buhari for the swift manner in which the Nigeria’s president congratulated Donald Trump for winning the just concluded United States of America, (US) elections.
Speaking at his world press conference held at Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Nigeria, the Nobel Laureate advised the Nigeria’s President to be mindful and conscious of the kind of people he congratulates for winning or losing elections. He noted that for President Buhari to congratulate a man whose policies are inherently anti-minorities does not speak the collective voices of these group of people that include Nigerians.
It would be recalled that part of Trump’s electoral promise was to deport undocumented minorities that included Africans and Hispanics for which he was roundly criticized by both liberals and even some far right conservatives within his own Republican Party. The riots that broke out in most American States were a quick pointer to the growing anti-Trump sentiments in the U.S.
Soyinka,during the press conference,also made reference to Buhari’s congratulation of the defeated incumbent Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, whom he described as a despot that dehumanised his people in his 22-year reign as head of state. He wondered how he could congratulate Jammeh for accepting defeat considering the barbaric tenure of the defeated president.