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.
Wole Soyinka’s problem in Nigeria
– 133 Million in Poverty ❌
– Food inflation & Insecurity ❌
– Inflation 19.2% ❌
– 41% unemployment rate❌
– Drug Lord President❌
– Peter Obi ✅
– 20 Million out of school children ❌ pic.twitter.com/ouZkSO3WCd
— Damian. (@BigChiefDamian) April 5, 2023
Wole Soyinka, an elder statesman is more angry about Datti’s Response to the fraudulent elections than the fraudulent elections itself.
Some Elders are over rated.
— Thomas NOT Sankara (@Isidore0001) April 5, 2023
There’s a reason they chose Wole Soyinka. His international reputation. Then imagine an internationally acclaimed literary legend branding a movement as fascist on international TV! And someone wants to tell me he or the people who sent him didn’t know what they were doing https://t.co/HsWDKPmehr
— KWEKU THE HUSTLER, MR YAKUBU NYE ANYI MANDATE ANYI (@urchilla01) April 5, 2023
Don’t forget Wole Soyinka was one of those people that foisted Buhari on us. He criticized GEJ so much and even likened him to King Nebuchadnezzar. He also allegedly called his wife Hippotamus in 2013. When they try to gag you with respect our elders, show them this tweet.
— Aji Bussu Onye Mpiawa azụ 🇨🇮 (@AfamDeluxo) April 6, 2023
Please remember @MoghaluKingsley in your prayers.
The “fascist” mob are now using him for hate target practice just for saying something positive about Professor Wole Soyinka.
You see this Frankenstine Monsters? E go reach even Greg himself.
— Káyọ̀dé Ògúndámisí 🇳🇬 (@ogundamisi) April 6, 2023
‘SOYINKA WILL SURVIVE YOU’
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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