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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Obasanja : Soyinka is a gifted man, but a bad politician



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, insists that Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, is a bad politician.

Obasanjo had earlier said this in his three-volume autobiography, ‘My Watch’, where he wrote:
“For Wole, no one can be good, nor can anything be spot-on politically except that which emanates from him or is ordained by him. His friends and loved ones will always be right and correct no matter what they do or fail to do. He is surely a better wine connoisseur and a more successful aparo(guinea fowl) hunter than a political critic.”

Following the release of the book in December, Soyinka released a piece titled ‘Watch And Pray, Watch And Prey’, where he called Obasanjo an expert liar, who lies to boost his ego.

In a recent interview on a Channels Television programme tagged ‘Book Club’, Obasanjo stressed that what he wrote about Soyinka was purely his view and that Soyinka did not necessarily have to agree with him.

Obasanjo said: “Wole Soyinka is a gifted man, I have always acknowledged that but he is a bad politician and I have also always said that; and that is my own point of view. He may agree with it, he may not agree with it.

“But having said that, I also, in my book, bring out Wole Soyinka as I see him and that’s my own judgment; that’s my own perspective of him. He may agree, he may not agree but anybody can bring out his own perspective of me.

“For instance, I know that if I want somebody to give me the best wine, one of the people I will go to is Wole Soyinka and I know he has a taste for good wine and I said that in the book.”

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