Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has once again come under the hammer of Nigerian playwright, Professor Wole Soyinka, who charged the erstwhile president to quit his “hijacking propensity”.
Soyinka was referring to efforts being made by Obasanjo to have President Muhammadu Buhari kicked out of office in 2019 due to alleged gross incompetence and nepotism.
The Nobel Laureate, who spoke at the launch of his new book “Interventions’ VIII” in Lagos, advised Obasanjo to leave the stage for citizens with no hidden intentions to chart a course that will lead to the restoration of Nigeria’s lost glory.
“I have only one demand: Keep away from movements struggling to restore this country to the path of sanity and even moderate rectitude. End your hijacking propensity,” Soyinka told Obasanjo during the book launch that held in Lagos.
He equally denied media reports quoting him as reproving those “crucifying” Governor Samuel Ortom and others for defecting from the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Soyinka said, “The business of fake news is becoming very alarming. The unscrupulous attachment of one’s name with something which I had never said or even thought and the brazen imposition of one’s identity on such outpouring is so canning, so dishonest. It is disgusting and cowardly.
“I want the press to be very alert to this and sensitise the public on such materials the way banks do. They should check any information properly before they make an industry out of total lies,’’ he said.