Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has revealed that before the presidential election he got a message from Aso Rock telling him to warn Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi against his campaign against President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking on Thursday in Lagos during the public presentation of a book on the compilation of the achievements of Amaechi’s administration entitled ‘Dynamics of Change: The Amaechi Years,’ Prof. Soyinka said:
”Somebody sent me a message from Aso Rock to tell Amaechi that he is playing with fire, his playing with giants and cockatoos. I never delivered that message. Instead, I decided to study Amaechi more closely”.
Prof. Soyinka also commended Amaechi for standing up to President Jonathan during the NGF crisis.
He identified the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Bola Tinubu and Amaechi as the two main agents who brought down the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The political atmosphere today, whatever you call it, change or hope or cautious hope and naked hope or careless hope, I recognise two personalities, in particular, who led the chant of change. One of them, I call him the architect of the process, the architect, in fact, that houses the essence of hope. That is Ahmed Bola Tinubu. The other person was unconsciously, perhaps, the arrow head of that charge that led to the change and that is the man that we gather here to celebrate.”
He also said Amaechi took a gamble during the crisis, which exposed him to the wrath of the presidency.
“He (Amaechi) was the one who said no, we cannot turn the clock backwards. Nothing about the philosophy of the clock runs against what we were hoping for. It was a very unpopular and risky decision to take. But it exposed to us the basic arithmetic fallacy of governance in demonstrating that when 16 is said to be higher than 19, something is fundamentally wrong and the same kind of arithmetic leads to the cooking of figures in governance. And it was within that nexus that he stood up and challenged even his own colleagues, and said let’s change the mentality of the stock, let us re-orientate it towards the people and towards the nation and the electorate.”
Meanwhile, the acclaimed Nobel Laureate, poet, writer and critic is set to be rewarded for his achievements in the field of poetry by being named as a professor of the field in the prestigious Oxford University.