Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been labeled an indescribable liar, who deserves no respect by Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
The two elder citizens have a long history of squabbles and public disagreements, but on Friday night, when he was responding to questions during a programme tagged: ‘An evening with Wole Soyinka’, organised by Globacom, the Nobel Laureate said whatever comes out of Obasanjo’s mouth should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Asked to respond to Obasanjo’s assessment of him in the former president’s three-volume autobiography ‘My Watch’, where he notes that Soyinka is a good hunter and connoisseur of wines but a political illiterate, the Nobel Laureate said he was hardly bothered because those were the opinions of a liar.
Soyinka said, “Obasanjo is entitled to his opinion. But the question is: ‘Who respects the opinion of a liar?’
“I can spend the whole night proving that he is a liar. Obasanjo was once described by an economist, the late Prof Ojetunji Aboyade, as an economic illiterate. They nearly ‘went into blow’ that night. It was Prof. Mabogunje who separated them.
“So, if an economic illiterate calls somebody a political illiterate, no problem at all.
“In ‘My Watch’, Obasanjo told the first lie when he said he deplored lies. Anybody who said he never plotted to have an unconstitutional third term in office, even as a writer, I need a word to describe him”.