Prof. Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Tuesday said it was confusing for President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola while at the same time admiring his ‘tormentor-in-chief.’

Soyinka spoke in Abuja at the conferment of posthumous CGFR on Abiola and GCON on late Gani Fawehinmi and others in Aso Rock.

Though Soyinka did not mention who the Tormentor-in-Chief was, but his words pointed to the late brutal dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha who Buhari had been praising in recent times.

According to him, it was confusing for Buhari to honour Chief Moshood Abiola on the one hand, and be admiring the late politician’s “Tormentor-in-Chief” on the other.

Soyinka described the Tormentor-in-chief as one of the worst dictators in the history of the country, who should be facing international court for his crime against humanity, saying it was sad that Buhari had something to do with such a man.

He explained that at a private meeting he had with the president, he raised concerns over how Buhari could be saying his administration was fighting corruption, whereas a major road in the Federal Capital Territory is named after a “corrupt former leader.”

Soyinka stated that he was not okay with the response he got from the president, while urging Buhari to consider establishing a Hall of Shame for those who had wronged the country.