You’re stupidly play script roles of others – Soyinka cautious Obidients

Popular Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has cautioned the Obidient Movement, supporters of Peter Obi of the Labour Party, over their roles and impacts in the recently concluded 2023 general election in Nigeria.

Compiling reports and talks at the book lauch, Politics Nigeria reports Wole Soyinka, speaking at the launch of his book, “The Putin Files: Excursions Around The Ideology Of Pain”, on Friday, maintained that the Obidients were fascist.

Replying to a lawyer and poet Ogaga Ifowodo who questioned Soyinka on reasons why he called Obidients fascists, he replied by using the 2020 EndSARS protest as an example of a struggle driven by pure truth.

According to him, EndSARS is one of the most successful movements in this country since Independence.

Soyinka reaffirmed that he supported the EndSARS protest and even addressed some protesters when leaving Lagos for Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Comparing the EndSARS protest with the Obidient Movement, Soyinka pointed out that what the Obidients were trying to do was “the mobilization of youth to defend an untruth”.

Soyinka compared most actions of the Obidient Movement to former president Muhammadu Buhari, “pushing people to kill innocent serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by claiming he was cheated out of an election”.

The Nobel laureate has said long before the election that some people had schemed to move the country towards having an interim government.

“So some of those who thought they were being radical, they were being ‘mumu’ (foolish) and “playing the script of others,” Soyinka declared.

Recall that Obidients, and supporters of Peter Obi had criticized Soyinka in May after describing them as fascists.

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