Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has joined the ever growing list of people hoping to see President Buhari reduce the cost of governance as he has described the current status quo as exorbitant.
Soyinka while speaking at the 3rd convocation of the Kwara State University, Malette, where he was a guest lecturer explained that, “The system we are running is too expensive. I will say it again and again. I would like to see it revamped completely.”
However, he further stated that if Buhari were to take such a step, then he might have to face the hurdles of the country’s constitution.
He said, “We cannot afford this system. So the issue of a large cabinet or a small cabinet is contingent on the fact on the system you are running.
“For instance, constitutionally, apparently, he is obliged to observe geographical spread. Can you imagine that? You do not run a country like that! So the constitution we are running is, in fact part of the problem; a major problem. We need a system of change, a total systemic revamp. That is my view.”
Soyinka also urged Nigerians to be patient with Buhari’s government as it tries to find its footing, saying, “I believe that any incoming political leader, anybody at the head of government should be given at least a little time to develop his own rhythm. There is so much mess already. Let him take his time, take his stand and fix his own priorities but make sure that he concentrates on them.
“I say that about any incoming regime. I want to make that clear, I say that about any incoming regime, whether I approve of that regime or not is irrelevant.
“Nigerians sometimes want to sprint without even getting running shoes. So opinions could differ. But I am saying that it is too early in my view. It is just too early for people to form that drastic opinion like that.”
Soyinka also noted that the new government was a saving grace for the nation as Nigeria was coasting towards damnation under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said, “This country could not have survived another two years, in my view, in my assessment in so many directions if the status quo had been maintained for another two years.”