Buhari under a trance – Soyinka

President Muhammadu Buhari and Wole Soyinka (Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo)

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as being under a trance.

Mr. Soyinka, who expressed frustration about what he described as the unforced errors of the Buhari administration, made the comment at a press briefing on the increasing agitation across the country following attacks by armed herdsmen on farming communities.

When asked during the briefing what he would tell Mr. Buhari if he met him, Mr. Soyinka replied:

“I would say: Mr President, I think you are under a trance,” he said. “The sooner he gets out of it the better. So many unforced errors are going on,” he added.

Mr. Soyinka cited Mr Buhari’s recall of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, after he was suspended for alleged graft by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, as a recent example of the unforced errors that has characterised the government.

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  • FreeNigeria

    Simply put, Buhari is absolutely WORTHLESS

    • forestgee

      Kai. Lol

    • solidarity

      Buhari opened buhari support group headquarters last 4 months in Jabi district of Abuja, and after 1 week…it was deserted, tell me, Do they need a prophet to tell them to pack and go?the game is up, they are just waiting for the electorate to send them home..Go Buhari go..PLEASE GO OH OH OH OH OH!!!!!!!

    • Nwa_Africa

      You mean Cowhari?

  • speechtherapy

    When others do it, it is corruption but when Buhari does it it is “unforced error” ….. Na wa for Nigeria Union of Hypocrites (NUH)

    • forestgee

      Lol

  • Dr.Alfred Branson

    This comment that Buhari is under a trance.means he is not real.mean he is physical while acting as in spirit or reaming.Doing things ordinarily he not have done it if he is awake.recalling a suspended civil servant who was accused of corruption he says he is fighting,.As that of Mainagates,as that of Herbsmen.etc.

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    HABA PROF WOLE SOYINKA ……… WHY LEVY THIS KIND OF INSULT ON BUHARI?

    Walahi …. I think Buhari should just go home and rest ……. these insults are getting too much for us to bear.

    How can somebody say that a sitting “President” is in a trance ….. go and check the dictionary meaning of TRANCE!

  • Debekeme

    Trance means= The man in Aso Rock is not the man we thought we voted for in 2105.

    Buhari has fallen to the lowest level possible when many people are now asking themselves:’ How is Buhari Government better than Jonathan Government’?

    When i asked someone this question last week, he quoted a list of things that mostly included what Jonathan started or what Jonathan initiated, the list also included silly things like; ‘He has paid salaries, pension and bonuses’.

    The person also mentioned TSA and increased IGR etc. Foreign reserves are up because oil price is up and saving from lower importation of food due to improved domestic agric production THAT STARTED UNDER JONATHAN MINISTER OF AGRIC (Adewunmi)

    What im asking is; What has Buhari done to transform and set Nigeria on the long road to a prosperous destiny like the leaders of Singapore, China and UAE did? What are the MASSIVE things he has done? Has be achieved MORE UNITY? MORE LOYALTY TO THE NATION? INCREASED SENSE OF NATIONAL PRIDE, MORE NATIONAL COHESION, MORE NATIONWIDE SECURITY AND PEACE, A SPECTACULAR REDUCTION IN CRIME AND CORRUPTION? ETC

    These are the base ingredients of nation building. Instead Buhari is proud of rubbish like TSA , paying of salaries and a phantom war against corruption that we all know is selective, incomplete and insincere!

    • forestgee

      Exchange rate was N199 to $1 now N364, Petrol price was N87 now N200 (N145 official) inflation single digit now double digit! Even with rising external reserves, people are suffering more than before! He should go home

    • solidarity

      you got one well cooked egusi soup and pounded yam on my behalf..u culdnt have said it better, May God bless you.

      • Debekeme

        Make that Okra soup, fresh fish and pounded yam and i will take you up on the offer.

    • Khafilat Adeoye

      Please be informed that Jonathan’s Presidency conceived and started implementing TSA …… Buhari has nothing to do with TSA.

      In Fact, the Whistleblowing Policy was conceived by Jonathan’s government long before it was forced out in 2015.

      All that Buhari has to his credit are:

      1. The release of hundreds of thousands of detained Boko Haram killers whom he successfully transformed into murderous Fulani Herdsmen.

      2. Construction of Helicopter Helipad in Daura

      3. Massive medical Bills plus huge aircraft parking charges

      • Sam

        Nearly does not kill a bird , what stops Jonathan from implementation of those policies?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          There was the election and he was defeated.

        • grand maze

          People’s like you stopped him

      • Debekeme

        To be honest, both are fairly poor leaders, i mean Jonathan and Buhari.

        Go see what that Kigame guy is doing in Rwanda. You may say its a very small country but hes still doing a good job. I hope he keeps it up and doesnt end up just another failed African leader like Zuma, Jonathan and Buhari

      • Danladi Mammani

        Are you a Nigerian?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Stop asking silly questions and rebutt her assertions if you can. You clearly cannot refute the truths contained in her comment.

        • Gary

          Why don’t you advise the Nigeria Immigration Service to ask the Herdsmen strolling into our country with cattle and AK-47 that salient question?

      • grand maze

        Come to think of it, you maybe right

    • Sam

      So in myopic mind ,Singapore and the likes ,transformed their country in less than three years?

      • Debekeme

        Sam, i never said the transformation will take 3 years. But in 3 years you get a sense of the trajectory hes following and he can not deliver. You can support him all you want but in the long run facts will speak for themselves.

        In 3 years you should have seen the implementation of a revolution in the education sector. Nothing till date,
        In 3 years you SHOULD NOT be seeing fuel scarcity caused by smuggling right from the port, across the boarder in petrol takers! Buhari said hes waiting for Dangote refinery for final solution! Haba!

        Abroad, big companies come to schools/universities to look for students who are exceptional to make offers of employment to LONG BEFORE they graduate. This is because they can already sense the students that are going in the RIGHT DIRECTION very earlier on in life.

        That’s the same principle why 3 years is enough for me to know the direction of Buhari administration. He’s going nowhere. Although you support him, you yourself must be concerned about his administration and leadership skills.

        Be honest; Is this truly what you expected of Buhari in 2015 when he was voted in by me and you ? Check all the campaign slogans and promises. NOT ONE SINGLE KEY ONE has been achieved.

  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    Under the illiterately clueless and retrogressively incompetent farce called a regime, Nigeria has been reduced to a ranch were cows reign supreme. The head of a multi-ethnic Country has both directly and indirectly chosen to align himself with cattles and their demonic breeders to the neglect of human beings who are his country men.

    We stand up more than ever to speak up and speak out against this bunch of despicable scoundrels. We are even more confident, that with the urgency Nigerians nationwide have attached to PVC registeration and the pledge to stay back and monitor and protect their votes, this pit of a latrine of govt has its expiry date fixed on May 28 2019. If you like register even babies in Kano, it is a solemn pledge of every peace loving and patriotic Nigerian, this affliction called a government will not continue beyond May 28

    To hell

  • Sheikh Messi

    Hahahaha!
    The only people who were under a trance were Soyinka, Obj, mbaka, ezekwesili, Kay soyemi, tundeMESS/tunsj/sam/julius/manEnough, Maria, and a host of other gullibles!
    They were under the trance of the APC-witches broom.
    Or how else would one explain how a Nobel laureate, professors, etc, fell for the scam of a presidential candidate running from presidential debates in the 21st century, and hiring a crowd of SAN’s to shield him from showing the world his WASC Cert?? This was their definition of ‘integrity’??
    Hahahahaha!!!
    YOU’VE ALL BEEN SCAMMED! HIS MYTH HAS BEEN EXPOSED AS A MERE FAIRY TALE. A LIE FROM THE PIT OF HELL. BUHARI IS NOT UNDER ANY TRANCE, HE IS JUST BEING HIMSELF AND SHOWING HIS TRUE COLOURS..WHICH WE POINTED OUT AND WERE CALLED ALL SORTS OF NAMES.
    BUHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      I agree with you en toto .

    • grand maze

      Spot on

  • Sheikh Messi

    Is Soyinka TEXHNICALLY trying to join the wailers club?

  • GBENGA

    We the yaribas…we the oduduwas….we the people of Nizooria voted Buhari in…were we under trance? no….but we the people shall vote him out

  • Damian

    Everyone is fixated on Buhari is bad, Buhari is not good…pls who is concentrating on his replacement? Or credible options at the poll? Fayose & Atiku is one chance ooo…I would rather stay with Buhari if these are the options from the biggest opposition party…

  • evidence

    87 million naira dinner trance.

  • dudu

    Anyone who likes Buhari and wants him to succeed will actually wonder if he is under a trance. WS is spot on.

  • thusspokez

    “I would say: Mr President, I think you are under a trance,” he said. “The sooner he gets out of it the better. So many unforced errors are going on,” he added.

    Ex…cuzz…me! If one were in (or under) a trance, how could one be even capable of making an unforced error?

  • Janjaweed

    BRUTAL TRUTH

    Donald Trump strikes again very hard, he talks to Africans:

    ” I don’t need to harass you like the French Presidents say that France-Africa is over, yet they keep sending you the fake tourists who spy on you and come back and tell them how you should be recolonised.”

    “If after 50 years of independence you have not built the necessary infrastructure for your people are you humans?

    “If you sit on gold, diamond, oil, manganese, uranium… and your people don’t have food, are you humans?

    “If to stay in power, you don’t hesitate to buy weapons from strangers to kill your own citizens, are you humans?

    “If your only social project is to stay in power for life, are you humans?

    “If you despise and shoot your own citizens like game, who will respect them?”

    Culled from Fortune Eshio Chaba

    -SCANNEWS

    • grand maze

      Keep on Trumping

  • Imam OLODO

    Mr Soyinka, Profwessor without PhD, pls make you keep quiet make person hear word. Were you under a trance in 2015 when you technically and openly supported Imam Olodo against president Jonathan? Or can we conclude that the endless bombs by the armed wing of Imam Olodo’s supporters in the North East made you develop cold feet? You can’t eat you cake and have it back. Only Femi Kayode and Senior Gov Ayo Fayose are permitted to speak, not people like you who speak from both sides of the mouth. Nonsense!

    • You advocate taking away other people right while you and your friends keeps yours?

  • Jo

    Una never see anything. By the time i finish with you book people, cows will be better than you. Goats

  • MO the Observer

    I think trance is even far from it… I think Baba is under hypnotic. Because I wonder how he makes certain decisions

  • grand maze

    According to prof, buhari is now a walking somnambulist. Sleep walking through aso villa. Please can someone wake the trance fresident up.

  • Alex

    This prof dont understand.Buhari is like a robotic plane built by people like you that has allowed it self to be hijacked by fanatical criminals and dont care what those that built it thinks or said.

  • Ahmed Tukur

    The Prof is outdated and bias in blaming Fulanis and forgetting militia sponsors.

  • Yego V

    What has the prof. been “under” since 2015. Yeye. Tell him, point blank, what he’s been ; a murderer.

  • christian ewulonu

    IF WOLE SOYINKA WITH ALL HIS SO CALLED EDUCATION CALLED BUHARI A MESSIAH IN 2015 THEN HE IS SHAMELESS TO MAKE SUCH STATEMENT(CHICKEN HAS COME HOME TO ROAST) MR WOLE BE READY TO FLEE NIGERIA BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE OF THE PROBLEMS OF NIGERIA BOTH OF YOU ARE ON TRANCE.

  • Tickle

    If Baba is in a trance, then we await his PROPHESIES when he descends from the mountain!!!!!

  • Mizch

    Hahahahaa. No comments.