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2019: Wole Soyinka Tackles Obasanjo For Endorsing Atiku

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By Bukola Olasanmi

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 villain for a long time.

Soyinka, who spoke alongside key dignitaries and stakeholders like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, during a panel of discussion on ‘Beyond Fake News’, put together by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), said the former president acted in a manner that promotes confusion and fuels fake news.

“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 saviour’. What should you make of such a person?” Soyinka asked.

At the event put together by BBC to sensitise the public on the dangers of fake news, especially as the country is going into general elections, Soyinka further stated that he had been a victim of fake news.

He recalled people twitting that he once called wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, an illiterate, and denied ever making such statement.

“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,” Soyinka said.

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