Talking about Bukhari is bad for my mind
Nobel laureate prof. Soyinka’s will, he said, for reasons of common sense, should imagine that the regime of President Major General Muhammad Bukhari (retired) does not exist.
However, he described the new Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan standard gauge train as remarkable and long overdue.
Soyinka said this in a recent interview to the Kaftan TV channel, which was controlled by our correspondent.
Speaking on the new train, the Nobel laureate said he did not want to talk about Bukhari’s government because he imagined that the regime did not exist.
When asked if the new train was an advantage for the Bukhari regime, he said: “I don’t want to talk about the administration of Muhammad Bukhari. I think it would be better for my sanity to avoid this general question. I can take fragments of the current situation in Nigeria, but I think that for a sense of balance, we should forget about the existence of the Bukhari administration. “
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The playwright said that for many years in Nigeria, roads were a death trap and railways were neglected.
He said twice that he spent more than six hours en route from Lagos to Abeokuta.
Speaking very highly of the new train, Soyinka said, “The work is not yet complete, but it is very impressive given the complexity of actually managing anything in this country … I think we are witnessing a virtual transport revolution that is long overdue. “
The Nobel laureate said that the revival of railways will not only change the way people think, but will also increase trade.
He remembered getting on trains as a boy, but at some point Nigeria abandoned rail transport.
“I spent six hours en route between Lagos and Abeokuta. Several weeks ago, on the occasion of the launch of my novel in Abeokuta, I left Lagos…. The trip took about seven hours, ”Soyinka said.
The playwright said that traffic congestion has worsened to the point that women now give birth on the move and even name their babies after the cars in which they give birth.
He said the new train was great and he was happy to ride it.
Soyinka added, “I had an engagement in Lagos, which I almost postponed because of the road, but for some time I said, wait a minute, this thing (the train) has to go, and I checked the schedule and said: If I were on I was in Lagos by train to Abeokuta in an hour and a half, they would take me away, I would quickly run, mind my own business, and here I am.
“I left Abeokuta this morning, I will return to Abeokuta to eat my Ilafun (yam / cassava flour) and I will sleep in my bed tonight. It is wonderful. This was done in Europe. Why did it take so long here? It’s sad, but at the same time we are happy that this is happening. “
Source: – Punch ng