‘Demon Crazy’ Democracy in Nigeria

On the 10th anniversary of Nigeria’s return to civilian rule, Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka lowered the boom on what he called Nigeria’s “sham democracy.” In a scathing interview with the BBC, Soyinka condemned Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo for a variety of sins. The worst was subverting the democratic process that resulted in Obasanjo’s hand-picked successor, Umari Yar’Adua, taking over as president in 2007. Commenting on U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to make his first African visit to Ghana instead of Nigeria, Soyinka said that Ghana was a more appropriate destination because they have been “behaving like civilized human […]

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