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Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said his visit to President Bola Tinubu in Lagos on Sunday was to discuss a seven-point agenda.

He also recalled that he had advised the President not to run for office, but he had ignored the counsel.

“I came here with a seven point agenda and we had a very thorough discussion on those items,” Soyonka told journalists after meeting the President.

He said he had earlier visited Tinubu and the purpose was to dissuade him from running for the presidency, but he had ignored his counsel.

“My first visit was an embarrassing visit because it was to try and persuade him not to run for office, I think I had written about that Atiku and himself to leave the ground for young people. That was the last time we met five years ago. I call him secretly “olori kunkun” which means the stubborn one. He ignored my advice completely,” he said.

“I came to see him to find out how he is doing after neglecting my advice. I wanted to see how he and his wife are faring. I also came to wish them a merry Christmas.”

Prof. Soyinka, however, would not rate the Tinubu’s performance in office so far, saying his assessment of the current administration would come after one year in office.

According to him, this had been his tradition with Tinubu’s predecessors over the years.

“Something you may have noticed about me is that most heads of state when they come into office, I always leave them alone for about the first year. I know when they come in, they don’t start on ground zero, then often start even lower than that and they have to make up,” he said.

“So, I have this personal policy; whether it’s Obasanjo, Buhari, or Jonathan, you would notice that during the first year I hardly say anything.

“So, I am adopting the same principle this year. At the end one year, come and ask me the same question again.”

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