Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has slammed social media reports, suggesting that he supports the agitation for the Yoruba Nation.
Soyinka made this clarification via a statement on Thursday, June 3; urging the general public to ignore the utterances of those he described as “contemptible interlopers” who lack the courage of their conviction; thus taking to Identity Theft for the furtherance of their views.
The statement added that Professor Soyinka does not express his opinions on national issues on social media except through print media.
“For a start, Wole Soyinka does not participate in Facebook, Tweet, Blog, WhatsApp, or other offerings of Social Media. Any views that he wishes to express on national and other issues routinely go through the print media,” the statement partly reads.
Sunday Igboho, a self-acclaimed activist, and Ayo Adebanjo, one of the leaders of the Afenifere socio-political organization; recently came up with the push for the Yoruba Nation.
According to the activists, this political ideology seeks to liberate and make sovereign the Yoruba tribe from Nigeria; where the activists believe the Odua people have continued to be marginalized.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has described as unfair and distorted the latest article on Nigeria; as published by the Foreign Affairs (Magazine) titled, ‘The Giant of Africa is Failing’.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made the condemnation in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, June 3, while reacting to the article.
Specifically, in a letter addressed to the publishers of the magazine; the Presidency frowned at the way as well as manner facts were allegedly bent to support distorted opinions.
“The latest article on Nigeria in Foreign Affairs titled ‘The Giant of Africa is Failing’ is unfair; both to a magazine with such an esteemed pedigree and to its readers.
“Ambassador Campbell has been predicting the collapse of Nigeria for several years. He is of course entitled to his opinions; even where events consistently prove him wrong.
“But facts should not be bent to support distorted opinions. Let me give you one example.
“The authors write: ‘At an April meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Buhari reportedly requested that the headquarters of the U.S. Africa Command be moved from Germany to Nigeria so that it would be closer to the fight against jihadi groups in the country’s north.’