Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has refuted a post claiming that he has endorsed the presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reports that the post, with had pictures of Soyinka and Tinubu, went viral on Wednesday after the former Lagos State Governor declared his presidential ambition.
The post, which first trended last year, quoted Soyinka as saying, “I have never involved myself in politics or campaign for any politician but in 2023 I will be involved in politics and campaign for a longtime friend in 1993 NADECO struggle.”
Dismissing the post in a statement titled, “Season of Fakery Galore,” on Wednesday, Soyinka denied the post as fake news, urging the public to disregard the viral quote.
The Nobel laureate described the authors of the post as illiterate public interlopers who lacked the courage of their conviction and must steal the identities of their betters.
He said, “Here we go again. The same boring, illiterate public interlopers who lack the courage of their conviction and must steal the identities of their betters. One can only hope that the public has learnt to identify Fake News and join in the urgent task of exposing and disgracing these despicable touts.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I have not even thought 2023, much less inserted candidates into coveted positions. The signature of this latest moron is familiar – he or she does not even know the difference between ‘Laureate and Laurel.’
“This is an ancient forgery being recycled for the umpteenth time. Those who pass it round do themselves and their recipients a disservice. Find something worthwhile to occupy your time.
“In any case, we have no business with politics in the land of the dead, and the most recent information I have on me is that I died sometime last year. The email account of the year’s Nobel ‘Laurel”‘ was hacked by these same agents to publicise my demise, so who is this still politicking WS ‘Laurel’?”
This article was originally published on Naija News
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