Obasanjo, Atiku Alleged Sudden Romance Dangerous, Soyinka Warns
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has warned Nigerians against sudden relationship between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The Nobel laureate said if the former leader had been referring to a certain person for eight years as a devil and is now telling Nigerians to vote for the devil, then there was reason for Nigerians to express some doubt.
Soyinka said, “We have got to develop very healthy scepticism. If someone in a position of power for eight years has lectured a nation for eight years and after that continued year after year to continue to direct the minds of a whole nation in one direction only saying ‘this is Lucifer from hell’ for eight years in office and several more years out of office saying this is Lucifer and then one day he changed his left hand and says behold your redeemer, which of the two is fake news?”
Soyinka made this known in Abuja on Wednesday at a symposium on fake news organised by BBC News.
The playwright, who was a panellist at the event with the theme, ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News,’ urged the media not to spread unfounded allegations.
Though, Soyinka did not mention the former President he was referring to, the only President who has ruled Nigeria for only eight years is Olusegun Obasanjo, while Atiku Abubakar, could be the ‘devil’ that Soyinka was referring to.
Obasanjo until recently had described Atiku as very corrupt even going to the extent of dedicating some parts of his published works to lambast the ex-VP.
He said God would not forgive him if he supported Atiku’s presidential bid.
But he changed his mind recently, saying he had forgiven Atiku, urging Nigerians to vote for the ex-Vice-President.
However, Atiku has repeatedly said he is ready to submit himself to anti-graft agency if there any allegation of corruption against him.