Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate, has endorsed Kingsley Moghalu, the Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) for the February 16 Presidential election in Nigeria.
Naija News reports that Soyinka, a professor of comparative literature, made the endorsement known on Thursday in a statement he signed on behalf of the Citizen Forum where is the convener.
According to him, “there is over-abundant leadership quality locked up in the nation, and that it is a collective shortcoming that the political space has not been sufficiently opened up to let soar such potential.
“Well, to cite the Chinese proverb: a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
“Let me reiterate: there is over-abundant but stifled leadership material, and there can be no excuse, now that that potential of high quality is being manifested, for constricting the political space in a population that is nudging two hundred million.”
Soyinka added that “that statement is of course specially addressed to those who took part in this exercise, those who deliberated opted out of it, some of whom were assessed anyway.
“Such potential compelled us to exercise utmost rigour in what proved to be a most daunting exercise. The final determination, however, is – the flag-bearer of the Young Progressive Party–Kingsley Moghalu,” he said.
Meanwhile, this online news platform reports that the endorsement is coming five days after the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, endorsed Moghalu.
The traditional ruler had urged the Nigerian youth to “know their position and their rightful place in leadership”, adding that the “young and vibrant Moghalu won’t let you down”.