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Nigeria: Buhari's 'private' meeting with Wole Soyinka sets tongues wagging

Nigeria: Buhari's 'private' meeting with Wole Soyinka sets tongues wagging


Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has received in audience the Nobel Laureate, playwright and poet, Professor Wole Soyinka at the presidential palace in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting held behind closed doors has gained the interest of Nigerian media who are curious to know what the no-nonsense government critic discussed with the president whom he had not spared.

Wole Soyinka has heavily criticised the Goodluck Jonathan government for not finding the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.

Despite expressing support for Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 election and also in the fight against corruption, he criticised his government for inefficiency in handling violent activities of herdsmen in the country.

The presidency did not issue a statement as it is the norm after the meeting and President Buhari tweeted that they had a lot to talk about without giving a hint.

The president’s personal assistant, Bashir Ahmad also said the discussion was about Nigeria.

Nigerian local media, Channels Television reported that Wole Soyinka told reporters he had come to see the president on “some national, international and general matters”.

“I will be holding a press conference in about a week. You can ask me any question then, but now, please I will just like to get away,” he was quoted as saying.

Punch Nigeria however reported that before uttering the few words after the meeting he attempted escaping from the media saying: “I didn’t come to see you people”.

Others are speculating but the truth remains behind closed doors till otherwise.

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