Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reveal the condition of his health after spending nearly two months in Britain on medical leave.
Soyinka who spoke in an interview with AFP at Paris Book Fair weekend, also said indigenous people had a right to assert themselves as a distinct people, even within a political and geographical zone anywhere in the world.
“He’s ill, there’s no question, and I wish for heaven’s sake that people in public positions would just be honest.
“Illness is part of our existence. Buhari owes it to the nation and I don’t know why he and his advisors are being so coy about it,” Soyinka said.
The President who confessed being transfused with blood and that he had never been so sick in his entire life before now, said on return from the United Kingdom that his health had improved significantly following the medical attention he received during his vacation in London.
“I am feeling much better now. There may, however, be need for further follow up within some weeks,’’ he stated.
Soyinka who spoke among many other contemporary issues around the world, also noted that a people had a right to agitate for self-autonomy within a geographical expression. He was obviously reacting to the agitation for declaration of independent state of Biafra in the South East of Nigeria.
“It’s not the real estate for me that defines a nation or a people, no, it’s a history, a culture. What is a crime within an artificial entity like Nigeria? You have states being created which are not viable.”