The Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has called on President Buhari to stop creating confusion in the minds of Nigerians, by admiring and displaying loyalty to the Tormentor of the Late Chief MKO Abiola while as the time honouring the latter.
Wole Soyinka in his speech, at the Special National Honours Investiture, advised Buhari to set up a hall of Shame as a warning to the Tormentors of the Nation’s Democracy and civilized norm.
The Nobel Laureate said that he wondered why President Buhari would continue to display loyalty to a man he described as one of the worst dictators in the history of the country and who should be having his days in court for crime against humanity.
He also thanked Buhari for giving him the privilege to have a private conversation with him during which he asked Mr. President why he was doing this, adding that all though he didn’t like the explanation given by the President, but he had allowed that to pass and said he sincerely thanked President Buhari for his great step forward in history.
He noted that since the day’s inauguration was to honour MKO Abiola as a falling Hero, the President should also inaugurate a hall of shame as lesson and deterrent to future generations.
He then concluded that the nation should not forget those heroes and heroines who fought for the actualization of Abiola’s mandate, which according to the Noble Laureate, MKO Abiola was receiving today, albeit posthumously.
Prof. Wole Soyinka appealed to the President and other Nigerians not to forget those unsung heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives, limps and liberty for the sustenance of constitutional democracy such as Comrade Ola Oni, who first mobilized a large number of young people at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan to fight for the entrenchment of lasting democracy in Nigeria.
Layi Labode and Jennifer idika