Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has debunked a statement attributed to him by former director-general of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Prof Bola Akinterinwa that the north will continue to control the government of Nigeria.
Soyinka made the disclaimer in a message he personally signed and made available to a source on Monday.
His statement was in reaction to an article written by Akinterinwa and published in ThisDay on Sunday, January 22.
According to Soyinka, the former NIIA boss “has fallen for the operations of Nigeria’s fake attribution industry, which has now attained hideous social dimensions.”
He said the statement attributed to him “belongs to the sharp practices of internet trolls with their own agenda, who however lack the balls to answer their fathers’ names.”
The part of Akinterinwa’s article Soyinka disputes reads: “Nothing could be more interesting than what Professor Wole Soyinka was quoted as saying: ‘Northern Nigeria will continue to control the government no matter who becomes the president. This is because they created fraudulent constitution in Nigeria, fraudulent population in the Northwest and more states in the North.’ More significantly, the African Nobel Laureate from Ogun State also noted that ‘Northern Nigeria was in charge of the government when Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were president. Even if you make Igbo president, Northern Nigeria will still control the government. The best solution to Nigeria’s problem is for us to negotiate our existence.”
According to Soyinka, “I never made such a statement. We have warned again and again. The increasingly bastardised social media will eventually set one country after the other on fire, leading eventually to a global conflagration. And the principal instigators will be those malformed subhumans who lack the courage of their conviction and must resort to Identity Theft of mounting impudence. Even the most elementary, but rational, mind-sustaining discourse has become a minefield of distortions, wholesale fabrications, half-truths, tendentious extrapolations that impose on serious thinkers and debaters superhuman navigation skills. I salute those who persist and attempt to retrieve this valuable medium from the mentally retarded minority.
“In this connection, one brief comment: Professor Akinterinwa missed out on one leadership qualification that the nation desperately needs: a mass psychiatrist or an exorcist. Preferably both rolled in one.”