Prof. Soyinka Distanced Self from Online Tribute to Tinubu Credited to Him

While many intelligent Nigerians were doubtful about the credibility of an online post where Professor Wole Soyinka was said to have paid tribute to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer in the just concluded presidential primary election of the party, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has debunked the claims that he paid such tribute to Tinubu, in the online article making fast wave on WhatsApp.


Soyinka, who described the trending WhatsApp post as the “handiwork of indolent identity thieves, whose preoccupation is to deceive the general public with phoney social media posts to gain prominence”, also emphasized in the statement released by his spokesman, Abiola Owoaje, that, “he does not operate or own social media accounts.”


The Abeokuta born 87 years old Professor Soyinka, again affirmed that, “he has no business meddling in the struggle for power by political parties in the country” even ahead of the 2023 general elections.


Soyinka therefore, “enjoined the general public, to be on alert to the antics of faceless cowards, spreading falsehood.”


The online article titled:Prof. Wole Soyinka’s tribute to Sen. Asiwaju Tinubu” posted by a mischievous individual, who wore the identity of Professor Soyinka, reads:

I do not admire Tinubu

because he is a saint.

I do not admire Tinubu

because he is from the south

I do not admire Tinubu

because he is a Yoruba

If I want saints, I will proceed to

heaven not on earth

Every human is fallible

“I admire Tinubu


He saved Nigeria from the

danger of falling into

“one party state”

“He has nurtured many renowned National successors

He listened to the voice of the masses to surrender his personal ambition at the most critical moment

He strategically terminated

PDP 60 years life span in 16


“The robust critic and critique

we are enjoying today is

because Tinubu aligned

himself to the masses to return

the power to them

“Tinubu has the option of

joining the PDP elites to hold

us hostage for another decade

but he gave his all to the

masses to dethrone the elites.

“Political juveniles believed that

APC won because of the votes

from the North. No!!!

“APC victory was cemented the

day PMB and Asiwaju resolved

to work together

Asiwaju and PMB almost

became a Nomadic by visiting

every human that can help

midwife Nigeria salvation

“Those Nomadic Almajiri walk

later brought salvation to us

God willing, PMB is the

President of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria

“Anybody, any cabal, any Viju

milk activist, attempting to

humiliate Asiwaju must have

me to contend with

“An average PDP man is sad

with Asiwaju because he

brought them to their kneels

“If anyone thinks that bringing

down Asiwaju is his project,

that mission will not only crash

but it will boomerang

Don’t tell me he is



“underbearing” mentors

were nowhere to be found

when this Country was lying

critically at the intensive care

of the universe

Recall my first line

Asiwaju is not a saint.

“Stop demonising what you

admire out of envy

Even your mentors admire him.

He owns Lagos! I hear you!

Ask your grand father and

parents how they acquired

your so called “family land”. Is

it God that allocated it to


“You are terrorizing your

neighbours and village with

your kpof-kpof kobo kobo yet

you criticise a man that is

naturally addicted to

technocrats irrespective of

their tribe or Religion.

“Hmmmmm. I don talk am 000,

Asiwaju is not a political

office holder 0000. Please let

him be

He is evil, I agreed, but we

need more of him than that

your saintly specie.

“Dear Asiwaju, “the gentle

stride of a tiger is not a

symbol of a cowardice”

.. Prof. Wole Soyinka.


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