Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Kingsley Moghalu has reacted after members of the Obident Movement tackled Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka over his recent comments about the party’s presidential candidate and vice.
Reacting, Moghalu said Soyinka will survive as a global fighter for justice.
Some Obidients had taken to Twitter to call out Soyinka over his role in the election that brought President Muhammadu Buhari whom he endorsed some years ago.
They frowned at his alleged romance with politicians.
Reacting, Moghalu said the Nobel Laureate may not be easily understood by lazy social media users.
Soyinka had disclosed in recent interviews that before the election he reached out to Peter Obi three times and told him what could make him lose the elections.
He said that he told the LP flag bearer that if he lost the election it would be the fault of the Obidients.
Also, Soyinka slammed the vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Datti Baba-Ahmed, over his outburst in a recent television interview.
Recall that Datti, in an interview with Channels TV, had said the country has no president-elect and called on the judiciary and President Muhammadu Buhari against swearing Bola Tinubu as the President on May 29.
Baba-Ahmed also claimed that Tinubu would be leading an unconstitutional government if sworn into office because the APC candidate has not met the requirements of the law.
But in a chat with Arise TV on Wednesday, Soyinka said the whole comments by Baba-Ahmed during the interview were unbecoming, adding that statements contained fascistic language.
He described Baba-Ahmed’s remarks as a “kind of do-or-die attitude and provocation” that goes contrary to democratic disposition, stressing that he has no right to threaten the judiciary.
The Nobel laureate said it was unacceptable that the LP vice-presidential candidate tried to “dictate to the supreme arbiter of the nation”.
The submissions have attracted criticisms for Soyinka, particularly from Labour Party supporters popularly called obidients.
Sharing his mind on the matter, Moghalu however backed Soyinka, saying he would survive all the attacks because he is always an objective person.
Taking to his Twitter page, he wrote: “Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is a principled fighter for justice in our country and around the world.
“He is a phenomenon that unlettered and uncultured people may not fully understand in an age of lazy social media in which many don’t read or think deep.
“His endorsement of my 2019 presidential candidacy in my short-lived but impactful foray into Nigerian electoral politics remains one of the greatest honors of my life.
“I view very dimly any criticism of him simply because he’s OBJECTIVE. He survived dictators. He will survive you.”
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