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2023 Election: Tinubu ignored my advice not to run for presidency – Soyinka

Nigerian author, Professor Wole Soyinka has said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ignored his advice not to vie for presidency in 2023.

The noble laureate who paid a courtesy visit to Tinubu, at his Lagos home, said he was there to see how the President and his wife were doing after ignoring his advice.

Addressing reporters after the meeting on Sunday, Soyinka said he has submitted a seven-point agenda to the President during the visit he described as an “embarrassing” one.

He said; “I came here with a seven-point agenda. And we had a very thorough discussion on those items. Actually, it’s an embarrassing visit because when I visited him the last time, it was to try and persuade him not to run for office.

“I told Atiku and himself to please leave the ground so young people could run. That’s the last time we met about five years ago. So I came to see how he was doing after ignoring my advice. I came to see how both he and his wife were weathering Nigeria, and to wish them a Happy Christmas”.

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CorrectNG reported earlier that Soyinka said that he would reserve all his observations about President Bola Tinubu’s administration until one year into his tenure in May 2024.

The literary icon explained that it was his personal policy, as he often gives presidents one year in office before giving his opinion about their performance.

Soyinka, who was very vocal against Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, emphasised that the one-year delay gives the President enough time to “make up” for lost grounds.

The novelist then stated that around the same time next year he should be asked the same question about Tinubu, and they will get his answer.