Playwright Prof. Wole Soyinka has criticized media reports that Peter Obi, the Labour Party's presidential candidate in the election of February 25, 2023, visited his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Sunday in order to make amends as being improper and distracting.
In a statement released on Monday, Soyinka discussed "A visitation, and the allure of "reconciliation. After the visit, Obi tweeted that he treasured the Sunday visit that aimed to "eliminate the unwarranted misconceptions regarding the relationship between the great icon and the Obidient family.'' Among other things, Obi said that he enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the great icon.
The Nobel laureate had criticized the vice presidential candidate of the LP, Datti Baba-Ahmed, in April on Channels TV and later on Arise TV for trying to dictate to the Supreme Court during an interview about the election won by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
However, Soyinka and an ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, were harassed online by the "Obidients," as Obi's supporters are known. In a tweet, Moghalu called Soyinka a phenomenon that "unlettered and uncultured people may not fully understand in an age of lazy social media where many don't read or think deep."
The Nobel laureate responded by stating that the seeds of impending fascism in the political sphere had clearly blossomed in two separate statements in April titled "Fascism on Course" and "Media Responsibility."
The essayist responded to the reports of Obi's visit by writing, "Before it gains traction and embarks on a life of its own, I wish to state clearly that the word "reconciliation," inserted into some reports of Peter Obi's visit to me on Sunday, May 7, is a significantly inappropriate, and diversionary invocation.
The Nobel Prize winner stated, "There will be more clarifications in Democracy Primer III - Bookcraft's Intervention series, now brought forward for publication on June 12th, the watershed conned from the current regime as the country's Democracy Day."
The American boxer Mohammed Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, where blind menace was left flailing helplessly at the disdainful manifest of truth, was something he also approved of. He noted that if from this point on, he complied with entreaties from several valued, genuinely concerned directions and ignored new provocations, however vile, it was only because of that.
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