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Yoruba Group Warns Soyinka Against Discrediting Obasanjo



The Yoruba Consultative Forum yesterday cautioned Nobel laureate; Prof. Wole Soyinka against the use of abusive words on former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

YCF in a statement by its President, Prof. Tejumade Rhodes, said that with his persistent attacks on Obasanjo, Soyinka had definitely crossed the bar of decency and civilised literary grace.

Recall that Soyinka had, at different fora, verbally attacked the ex-President, insisting that, he’s part of Nigeria’s problems.

Speaking at the 10th memorial lecture of the late legal luminary, Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), in Lagos, Prof. Soyinka condemned Obasanjo for acting as the country’s messiah, urging Nigerians not be fooled; he accused Obasanjo of hijacking some movements formed by some young people who were disenchanted with the running of the country by the Buhari administration and were working to send the ruling All Progressives Congress packing from power next year.

Last week while publicly presenting his latest interventions series, Interventions VIII, titled, “Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?: Gani’s Unfinished Business,” Soyinka vowed that he would not be tired of criticising Obasanjo.

“He (Obasanjo) frustrated the June 12 and often puts himself forward on any issue… I don’t remember any good he has done. It will be very difficult to find one. I can’t remember any at this moment,” he said.

Reacting to Soyinka’s condemnation of Obasanjo, YCF said, that ”with his persistent attacks on Obasanjo, Soyinka had definitely crossed the bar of decency and civilised literary grace.”

“Obasanjo as a courageous leader never failed to confront the errant powers, thus ought to be nudged on as opposed to the attacks being hauled at him by Soyinka.

“At a time when everyone is nudging Obasanjo forward as the courageous rallying point against the present dislocations in our polity, Soyinka is salivating in some primitive laceration of the old soldier, revelling in a poisonous vendetta and egregious abuse against Obasanjo.

“In Soyinka’s warped cosmology, he insists that Obasanjo is not the fit and proper person to lead the new movement against the warped national polity. This is malicious, undignifying, spurious, a drooling mechanical twaddle bound for literary garbage.

“Of course Obasanjo, like all of us, is not perfect. But he is a courageous man, a superlative patriot who contends with any errant power with thorough sincerity, with masterful resolve to rectify the observable wrongs.

“Soyinka has now eroded his once sterling heights of  great crusader and crashed his status to a Lilliputian pamphleteer, angry at the world, pouring venom everywhere without tactical purity.”

The forum said it had now resolved to take on Soyinka “with balanced intellectual vigour wherever he erupts again in his crude vitriol against Obasanjo.”

“Enough is enough,” the YCF said.

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