Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has said that discussing President Muhammadu Buhari was not good for his health.
However, he has in the same breadth commended the regime for transforming the rail sector.
The Nobel laureate spoke in an interview with Kaftan TV on board the new Lagos-Abeokuta train service brought into use by the Buhari regime.
Asked if the train was a plus for the Buhari administration, he said, “I don’t want to talk about Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. I think it is best for my sanity just to avoid that overall question. I can take bits and pieces of Nigeria’s present predicament but I think for one’s sense of balance, one must forget the existence of the Buhari administration.”
Despite his reservations discussing Buhari, he noted that the train service was a commendable intervention into the transport system, he said:
“It is a work in progress but it is a very impressive work in progress considering the difficulty of really executing anything in this country… I think we are looking at a virtual transport revolution which is long overdue.”
“I have spent hours on the road between Lagos and Abeokuta. A few weeks ago at the launching of my novel in Abeokuta, I left Lagos…. The journey took about seven hours,” Soyinka said.
Expressing his joy in riding on the new train service and the convenience it brings, he said:
“I had an engagement in Lagos which I nearly postponed because of the road but for some time I have been saying wait a minute, this thing (train) is supposed to be running and I checked the timetables and I said if I catch the train in Abeokuta I would be in Lagos in an hour and a half, I would be picked up, run around quickly, do my business and here I am.
While keeping away from discussing Buhari, the Nobel laurate said:
“I left Abeokuta this morning, I am going back to Abeokuta to eat my Ilafun (yam/cassava flour) and I am going to sleep in my bed this evening. It is marvellous. That is what one has been doing in Europe. Why has it taken so long for that to happen here? It is sad but at the same time, let’s be glad it is happening.”