Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, the founder of Pyrates Confraternity, has described making a mockery of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, due to his ill-health, as distasteful and appalling.
Prof. Soyinka said, his reaction to the video is necessary because, he is the founder of the Confraternity and so also to dissociate himself from the viral video showing some members of the National Association of Seadogs, popularly known as the Pyrates Confraternity, making mockery of the 2023 APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
In Soyinka words,
“Since the whole world knows of my connection with that fraternity, it is essential that I state in clear, unambiguous terms, that I am not involved in that public performance, nor in any way associated with the sentiments expressed in the songs.”
Some Members of Pyrates Confraternity
Prof. Soyinka continued,
“I remain unaware that the association ever engages in a collective statement of sponsorship or repudiation of any candidate. This is clearly a new and bizarre development, fraught with unpredictable consequences.”
Nevertheless, Prof. Soyinka, is of the opinion that, “the display acidly targets a presidential candidate (Tinubu), in the awaited 2023 elections;” and assured the public that, “A further statement will be issued when I have (he has) made further enquiries into this strange, uncharacteristic outing of the association.”
The Nobel laureate however, clearly stated that, Pyrates Confraternity, like any other civic group, is “entitled to its freedom of expression, whether individually or collectively;” just as himself, Wole Soyinka.
“So also is Wole Soyinka in his own person. I do not interfere in, nor do I attempt to dictate the partisan political choices of the Confraternity.”
Recall that, in a trending video, members of the Confraternity, during a procession, gyrated to an anti-Tinubu song based on the speech made by the former Lagos State governor in the month of June in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he asked that power should be handed over to him with the Yoruba phrase, “emi lokan.”
To this, members of the Pyrates Confraternity coined the lyrics, “Hand dey shake, leg dey shake, Baba wey no well, e de shout emi lo kan (Hands are shaking, legs are shaking. A sick old man is shouting “it’s my turn’)