Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has asked Nigerians to be wary of a former president whom he described as ‘Lucifer’ pretending to be the conscience of the nation by supporting a ‘devil’.
The playwright said this at an event tagged, ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’ organized by BBC News in Abuja on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
Soyinka said if a former leader that has been referring to a certain person for eight years as ‘a devil’ and is now telling Nigerians to vote for the devil, then there is a reason for Nigerians to express some doubt. He said:
“We have got to develop a very healthy skepticism. If someone in a position of power for eight years has lectured a nation for eight years and after that, continued year after year to continue to direct the minds of a whole nation in one direction, only saying, ‘This is Lucifer from hell’ for eight years in office and several more years out of office saying, ‘This is Lucifer’ and then one day he changed and says: ‘Behold your redeemer;’ which of the two is fake news?”
He did not mention the former president he was referring to, nor the alleged Lucifer.