Highly celebrated writer and Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has called on Nigerians to be wary of a former President who pretends to be the conscience of the nation, but is out to mislead Nigerians.
The Nobel writer made this call on during a symposium on fake news organised by BBC News on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in Abuja.
Soyinka, who was a panalist at the event themed ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’ admonished traditional media not to toll the path of electronic media by spreading fake news.
While reflecting on the effect of fake news ahead of next month’s elections, Soyinka asked Nigerians to be wary of the former leader who pretends to be the conscience of the nation.
In his words; “We have got to develop very healthy scepticism. If someone in a position of power for eight years has lectured a nation for eight years and after that continued year after year to continue to direct the minds of a whole nation in one direction only saying ‘this is Lucifer from hell’ for eight years in office and several more years out of office saying this is Lucifer and then one day he changed his left hand and says behold your redeemer, which of the two is fake news?”
Though Soyinka did not mention names, but his utterances ostensibly refers to Obasanjo and his former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.