'Stop Attacking Obasanjo', Yoruba Group Tells Soyinka
The Yoruba Consultative Forum has come to the aid of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The forum attacked the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, for what the forum termed the playwright’s “undisguised campaign of calumny” against Obasanjo.
In a statement by its President, Prof. Tejumade Rhodes, the YCF berated Soyinka for “reveling in a poisonous vendetta and egregious abuse” against the ex-President.
Soyinka had lately, at different fora, attacked Obasanjo, describing the ex-President as part of Nigeria’s problems, warning Nigerians to be wary of the third force being inspired by Obasanjo to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
However, the YCF said on Tuesday that with his persistent attacks on Obasanjo, Soyinka had “definitely crossed the bar of decency and civilised literary grace.”
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Describing Obasanjo as a courageous leader who never failed to confront the “errant” powers, the YCF said Obasanjo ought to be nudged on as opposed to the attacks being hauled at him by Soyinka.
The forum said, “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.
“Enough is enough,” the YCF said.
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