Prof. Wole Soyinka, a Nobel literature laureate and longtime activist in Nigeria, has launched a new political party in Nigeria ahead of the 2011 presidential elections. He was
elected unopposed as the national chairman at the party's convention but said that he would not run for office when asked about the possibility.
Speaking to the convention, Prof. Soyinka said that the party, The Democratic Front for a People's Federation , would be a political party that aims to reduce corruption and improve conditions in health and education. He also said, "I wish to emphasise that function, and it is clearly meant both as a warning and exhortation. Above all, the DFPF is a party for frustrated youth and uncomfortable ideas."
`The DFPF for now is disinterested in the overall national scene.But after taking control in one state, one council, one ward, would begin to reach out through example to others, gradually evolving a civic rule that governs and performs through mutual collaboration''
Let this party resolve to overturn the iniquitous arrangement by which the national cake is swallowed entirely by those whose appointed task is to serve the sovereign electorate''
"Is it really impossible to have a voice unless you are swimming in billions? Institutions are pauperized and degraded. "The gutters run with filth while the legislators run with the money."
He described conditions in Nigeria as a living nightmare and then added that he had detected a will to change the system amongst younger people.
He further expanded on the point by saying, "I do not give a blanket exoneration to the youth. Some of them are more corrupt than the most corrupt military or politicians.
But among them, you have idealistic, committed young people of integrity who would just like a platform, a political platform, away from what this country has been able to offer them so far."
Nigeria is to hold presidential, state and legislative elections early 2011. Prof. Soyinka became Africaâ€™s first Nobel laureate in literature when he won the prize in 1986.