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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Wole Soyinka Takes A Swipe At The Igbos As Having Incurable Money-Mindedness.”
According to the The Cable, Nobel Laureate and foremost social critic Wole Soyinka has taken a swipe at Igbo people, describing them as as “greedy” and suffering from an “incurable money mindedness.”
The Cable reports that Soyinka made the controversial comments during a lecture titled ‘Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies’ at the Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Soyinka reportedly said Nigerians of Igbo extraction are the only people in the country who can be predicted accurately.
“Igbos remained unrepentant and resolute towards their strategic objective of secession at worst; or a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction at best,” he said at the lecture which held on April 29.
“The climax of MASSOB’s war against the Nigerian state was the call for sit-ins and civil disobedience that shut down markets and public services, as Igbos stayed at home in a symbolic gesture to assert Biafran independence. The call was honoured by governors in the two principal Ibo states, though without fanfare.
“The Igbos are probably the only group of Nigerians that you can predict with great accuracy whom they will vote for in an election, because they tend to put their votes where their stomachs take them; suffering as it were, from incurable money-mindedness, as they would stop at nothing in their quest for personal financial gain,” Soyinka was quoted as saying.