If Soyinka didn’t write this tribute to Tinubu, who did?

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has denied penning a tribute in honour of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

In the tribute which was circulated on the internet during the week, Soyinka purportedly hailed Tinubu for rescuing Nigeria from the bring of being a one-party state.

Soyinka was also quoted to have declared himself as the defender of Tinubu from any of his critics and/or detractors.


The alleged tribute read:

“I do not admire Tinubu because he is a saint. I do not admire Tinubu because he is from the South. I do not admire Tinubu because he is a Yoruba. If I want saints, I will proceed to heaven, not on earth.

Every human is fallible. I admire Tinubu because he saved Nigeria from the danger of falling into a one-party state.

“He has nurtured many renowned national successors. He listened to the voice of the masses to surrender his personal ambition at the most critical moment. He strategically terminated the PDP’s 60-year ambition in 16 years.

“Anybody, any cabal, any Viju milk activist, attempting to humiliate Asiwaju must have me to contend with. An average the PDP man is angry with Asiwaju because he brought them to their knees.

If anyone thinks that bringing down Asiwaju is his project, that mission will not only crash but it will boomerang.

“He owns Lagos! I hear you! Ask your grandfather and parents how they acquired your so-called family land. Is it God that allocated it to them? Prof. Wole Soyinka.”

Reacting to the alleged tribute, Soyinka released a statement on Thursday, urging the public to be wary of the things they read on the internet.

The revered author also used the opportunity to promote his new project- ‘The Republic of Liars’.

“It is difficult to prescribe for the sort of mind that finds itself so inadequate that it must foist its opinions on others, and with such confident sense of impunity. Kindly assist me in letting the public know that I am not in any way connected with the publication.

“I can only yet again recommend my recent ‘occasional’ publication, ‘The Republic of Liars,’ to the public as a cautionary tract, while the growing population of victims await the routine descent of the full operational wrath of Internet policing on all impudent impersonators.”

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