By Danjuma Aliyu
President Muhammadu Buhari is under a trance, a popular Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist has said.
Professor Wole Soyinka who spoke to journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, gave a damning verdict on the President, claiming that the Buhari led administration had caused “so many unforced errors.”
In his remarks, the Nobel Laureate argued that one of such incidence was the recent reinstatement of Usman Yusuf, an Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS who was accused of converting N919 million in subscribers’ premiums to his personal use.
The 83-year-old literati, who was born in the city of Abeokuta, Ogun state, noted that Usman Yusuf was reinstated by the President.
“What is that about? What is going on? It is a certain kind of alienation from reality is going on.
“Too many things are happening now which made me say that. I think he is under a trance.”
Professor Soyinka’s comment comes on the same day a former President Olusegun Obasanjo gave an exclusive interview to Deutche Wella, Germany’s international broadcaster.
In the interview, “Democracy is about change,” the former Military head of state criticised President Buhari’s fight against corruption.
The elder statesman also from Abeokuta, who had earlier written a letter to President Buhari, advising him not to seek re-election in 2019, established the “two mayor institutions that are being used to fight corruption.”
He said: “I would make sure that the people who are in charge of these two institutions are men or women of integrity and I would look outside and inside because there is no point in fighting corruption beyond you while you have corruption (in front of) your nose.”
Asked if “President Buhari is widely regarded as a man of integrity among most Nigerians.”
The politician who recently bagged a PhD in Christian Theology said: “I don’t know which Nigerians you are talking about. Maybe Nigerians of four years ago. Talk to Nigerians today.”
The war on corruption was on the top of President Buhari’s campaign promises. However, three years on and no Politically Exposed Persons have been convicted during his tenure.
Having failed the “integrity test” himself, the Senate has refused to confirm Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commisison, EFCC, despite the support he gets from the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.