The Nobel laureate from Nigeria, Wole Soyinka, has asked young Nigerians to beware of the old politicians who have been part of Nigeria’s problems and have not been able to find solutions to the nation’s problems.
Mr. Soyinka spoke at the University of Elizade, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, on Thursday, as he gave the second summoning conference of the institution.
In addressing the issue, Tending the Tree of Commencement, the literary professor, urged young Nigerians to dedicate themselves and stay active in politics.
While urging young people to participate in the next general election actively, Mr. Soyinka forced them to make sure they had representatives in the government in the next administration.
He regretted that the old politicians who had dominated the political space and who are still in power had failed the country over the years.
In praising the virtues shown by some young people, she highlighted the position of Leah Shuiab, one of the high school students kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe state, by Boko Haram insurgents.
He praised her firmness and compared her to people like Nelson and Winnie Mandela, who decided to remain in prison despite the South African government’s offer of freedom.
“All I can tell you is this, do not make the mistake of following those who failed you before, those who pretend they have nothing to do with the disaster that has overtaken Nigeria,” he said.
“They are very quick to smell the fault, they are very quick to shout, but then, they exonerate themselves, while they are the founding embezzlement of the Nigerian condition: that is what I warn (a) the young people against. get your representatives and stop bothering geriatricians like me. ”
He also lamented the abandonment of history in the curriculum of high schools in the country, saying that it has caused people to forget their historical background.
In his comments, the president of the occasion and former deputy chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Ayo Banjo, said that it was necessary for the country to pay attention to the training of teachers.
According to him, teachers should receive a good salary, to encourage them to obtain better service.
“If you want education to improve in Nigeria, there should be more funds, more money to provide an enabling environment, more money for teacher training,” he said.
“For example, you cannot be in the army without frequent training, the army does not joke with training, every three or four years, they go to (one) update on their training.”
Mr. Banjo urged the students of Elizade University to use Mr. Soyinka’s conference for intellectual development.