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Soyinka Debunks Facebook Post on Tinubu

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Thursday, disowned a social media post which purported that he (Soyinka) had thrown his weight behind the presidential aspiration of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The badly written and grammatically flawed post was written one Michael Olugbenga Peter. In the obviously fabricated comment, posted on his Facebook Page, and credited to the Nobel Laureate, the self-same Peter purported that Soyinka had committed himself to supporting Tinubu’s 2023 presidential bid because of their National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) connection.

But Soyinka, in his rebuttal, rubbished the post, describing it as “an ancient forgery being recycled for the umpteenth time”.

Here is the full text of Prof. Soyinka’s response:

Here we go again; the same boring illiterate public interlopers who lack the courage of their conviction and must steal the identities of their betters. One can only hope that the public has learnt to identify FAKE NEWS and join in the urgent task of exposing and disgracing these despicable touts. For the avoidance of doubt I have not even THOUGHT 2023 much less inserted candidates into coveted positions. The signature of this latest moron is familiar – he or she does not even know the difference between “Laureate and Laurel”. This is an ancient forgery being recycled for the umpteenth time. Those who pass it round do themselves and their recipients a disservice. Find something worthwhile to occupy your time.In any case we have no business with politics in the land of the dead and the most recent information I have on me is that I died some time last year. The email account of the year’s Nobel “Laurel” was hacked by these same agents to publicise my demise so who is this still politicking WS “Laurel”?



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