31st May, 2016
Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has denied granting an interview to assess President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in office.
Soyinka described the story of his comments on President Buhari making the rounds on the internet as a forgery and called on security agents to do something about these forgers.
In his statement issued on Tuesday entitled: More Inmates For The Republic Of Liars, Soyinka said he is yet to grant an interview regarding Buhari’s year in office.
Here is Soyinka’s full statement:
MORE INMATES FOR THE REPUBLIC OF LIARS
The following attribution is a disgusting forgery. I have yet to grant an interview regarding Buhari’s year in office. Once again, I notify the Security arms of Nigeria about this increasingly obsessed exercise in identity forgery. I alert the public to beware of the danger this portends in the murky atmosphere of Nigeria’s ongoing politics. The sycophants of power and influence will clearly do anything to gain attention and preferment, but they only earn the contempt of decent citizens, including those on whom they foist their unsolicited services.”
Here is the despicable report doing the rounds on the Internet:
“\”Professor Wole Soyinka’s assessment of President Buhari’s first year in office:
From the time i publicly declared for Buhari, to the time i followed my conviction to work for his campaign at both Buhari Support Organizations and the APC Presidential Campaign Council till date, there was never a time i pushed Buhari as Nigeria’s model in economic management even when i am convinced that he is working with his team to change the structure of our economy from a mono-economy. I predicated my support on the need to secure a country on the verge of becoming a failed state. I wanted Buhari to stop the unprecedented bleeding of the country from never-seen looting in history. I wanted Buhari to reset the moral code in public service and leadership. We couldn’t just continue to have a country that rewarded criminals like the past administration openly and obscenely did. We needed a Buhari to put his legendary stamp of integrity to drive governance and in one year there is a new lease of life in the way government business is now conducted. On economy we have believed lies of GDP and statistics built on falsehood for too long. Corruption was driving the economy as the working capital while petrol-dollars gave us a false sense of insularity. Everything just crashed on us without the money from oil like it used to be. Years of mismanagement all came to hunt us and very bad too. With Buhari having used the last 12months for housekeeping, the trajectory of the economy will continue to go north with more hard work and faithful implementation of government programmes.