Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has given an assessment of Nigeria’s 2015 elections, rating the elections slightly above average.
Soyinka spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Nigeria 2015′ live from his Abeokuta residence.
“I think I agree with the generality of people that its been slightly above average success. The organisation is not fully to blame for the lapses because in certain states people have just refused to learn to behave democratically,” he said.
He refereed to the election as “one of the best we have had so far”.
Asked to share his view on the campaign style of politicians towards the elections, Soyinka said, “The campaign has been intense, sometimes rather distastefully so, but there’s no question at all about the will of the people to make their voices heard and to make sure that democracy is given a fair chance of survival in Nigeria.”
Professor Wole Soyinka also made reference to the violence recorded in River State, and called on INEC and security agencies to move against those who have attempted to spoil their efforts.
He said that this is an example of what a democratic campaign should not be about. “We are talking about a state where from all reports, about 56 people have been killed so far. That is unacceptable, that is barbaric, and the miscreants have got to be absolutely pursued and punished.”
He cited reports of missing result sheets at polling units as one that must not be condoned by INEC as it is disrespectful to citizens who have “queued up in the rain printing their fingers”.
“They are telling us we are stupid for queuing up.
“INEC has the responsibility to cancel the result from any polling boot where the documentation is incomplete,” he added.