Nigeria is sick and empty, deserves being called ‘Shithole’ – Soyinka

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Nigeria is sick and empty, deserves being called ‘Shithole’ – Soyinka



Wole Soyinka, renowned Nobel Laureate, says Nigeria is sick, empty and deserving of the term “shithole” as described by United States President, Donald Trump.

Soyinka said this while speaking at the Ripples Nigerian Dialogue titled “Rebuilding trust in a Divided Nigeria,” which held at The Wheat baker Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos. The Nobel Laureate condemned the humiliation of Nigerians by the military personnel, stating that the humiliation of Nigerians led him to relocating abroad. “The treatment of Nigerians by the military led me to relocating to a saner clime. I remember invading Obasanjo’s residence in Lagos and challenging him concerning the way Nigerians were being treated. It is a disgrace to us, as a Nation. We have been left behind in nearly every field. They are lessons to be learnt from the diaspora. We need to peek across the Atlantic to see how other countries have been faring,” Soyinka urged.

Drawing illustrations from his lecture titled “From Miyetti to Haiti: Notes from a Solidarity Visit,” Soyinka emphasized the need to end slavery in our current society; citing the examples of Haiti and Nigeria that has been described as shit-hole countries, as identified by Trump, United States President. “We have become laughing stocks in the eyes of the public. We have earned the term of shit hole. Nigeria is sick and empty. Some retrogressive forces won’t just stop. Everything Nigeria touches rusts.”

He also said that the move by the Senate to pass the Hate Speech Bill is merely to silence criticism from Nigerians. “Nigerians should not be afraid to kick against it; there is no way they will cut off any body’s head.”

Source – Core TV

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