2019: Don’t vote old people into public office – Soyinka tells youths

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Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Thursday called on Nigerian youths to mobilize themselves and vote out old people from government in the 2019 general elections.

Soyinka, who spoke with reporters after delivering convocation lecture at Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, stated that Nigeria should have gone past the era of voting old people into government.

He said, “All I can just tell you is this; don’t make the mistake of following those who failed you before; those who are pretending that they have nothing to do with the disaster that has overtaken Nigeria.

“They are very quick to smell failure, they are very quick to shout it; but then, they exculpate themselves, whereas they are the founding malfeasance of the Nigerian condition.

“That is what I am warning the youths against. Mobilize, get your representatives and stop bothering geriatrics like myself.”

The playwright and poet, in the convocation lecture, lamented the scrapping of History in the schools in the country and the fact that many people have forgotten their historical background.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, and a former vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Ayo Banjo stated that there was a need for the country to pay attention to the training of teachers.

He stated that teachers should be well paid, to encourage them for better service delivery.

Banjo said, “If you want education to improve in Nigeria, there should be more funding, more money to provide conducive environment, more money for training of teachers.

“For instance, you cannot be in the army without having frequent training. The Army do not joke with training. Every three or four years, they go for (an) update on their training.”

The former vice chancellor called on Elizade University students to use Soyinka’s lecture for intellectual development.

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