Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has again tackled former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, his former deputy and now presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after painting him as a villain for a long time.
Soyinka, who spoke alongside key dignitaries and stakeholders like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, during a panel discussion on ‘Beyond Fake News’, put together by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), said the former president acted in a manner that promoted confusion and fueled fake news.
“[i]A former leader picks on a character for the better part of eight years that he ruled, calling him Lucifer. He continues after office saying same. Then all of a sudden, he suddenly says ‘This is your savior’. What should you make of such a person?” [/i]Soyinka asked.
The event was organized by BBC to sensitize the public on the dangers of fake news, especially as the country would soon go into general elections.
Soyinka further stated that he had been a victim of fake news recalling how people twitted that he once called the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, an illiterate, and denied ever making such statement.
“[i]I saw it in one of the social media platforms where a quote was attributed to me that I said it serves Jonathan right that he married an illiterate woman. I have never made any comment on this woman,” [/i]Soyinka said.
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