Soyinka, a fighter for justice, survived dictators. He will survive you– Moghalu to Obidients


Kingsley Moghalu, former deputy governor of the Central Bank
of Nigeria (CBN), has described Wole Soyinka, the Nobel laureate, as a
principled fighter for justice.


Moghalu’s comments are in response to the criticism of
Soyinka by supporters of the Labour Party (LP).


The revered author had said recent remarks by Datti
Baba-Ahmed, vice-presidential candidate of the LP, contain “fascistic


On March 22, in an interview with Channels TV, Datti said
the country has no president-elect despite the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) announcing Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
as the winner of the election.


The LP vice-presidential candidate said Tinubu would be
leading an unconstitutional government if sworn into office because the APC
candidate “has not met requirements of the law”.


The interview has elicited criticism from political
stakeholders as well as a N5 million fine for the TV station.


Reacting in a chat with Arise TV on Wednesday, Soyinka said
the remarks are a “kind of do-or-die attitude and provocation” that goes
contrary to democratic disposition.


He added that the LP vice-presidential candidate tried to
“dictate to the supreme arbiter of the nation”, adding that it was


In a subsequent statement, Soyinka said he warned Peter Obi,
presidential candidate of the LP, that his supporters — dubbed ‘Obidients’ —
may cost him the election.


Soyinka’s statement has earned him criticism and abuse from
the ‘Obidients’, especially on social media platforms.


The Nobel laureate has remained atop the trending list on
Twitter for almost 24 hours.


In a tweet to
show support for Soyinka, Moghalu said the Nobel laureate is objective and
principled, adding that he does not pay high regard to criticisms of him.

“Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is a principled fighter for
justice in our country and around the world,” Moghalu tweeted.

“He is a phenomenon that unlettered and uncultured people
may not fully understand in an age of lazy social media in which many don’t
read or think deep.

“His endorsement of my 2019 presidential candidacy in my
short-lived but impactful foray into Nigerian electoral politics remains one of
the greatest honors of my life.

“I view very dimly any criticism of him simply because he’s
objective. He survived dictators. He will survive you.”



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