Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist, Professor Wole Soyinka, has cleverly avoided the issue of the Jubril’s impersonation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
While Addressing an audience at Freedom Park in an event marking the 70th anniversary of human rights and worldwide reading for press freedom in memory of Jamal Khashoggi, Mr Soyinka stressed on the need to take the issue of stolen identity seriously.
He then went on to speak about the issue of President Muhammadu Buhari cloning saga.
“Recently, we have a situation in Nigeria and that is the issue of cloning President Muhammadu Buhari and people have taken that issue seriously. These were people that one can never believe to accept such considering their level of intelligence.
“When Buhari went to Poland, I said what a coincidence because I hope while he was there, he will be able to sort-out his identity and there will be a report on the return of his identity.
Wole Soyinka also complained about someone using his identity to operate a business in Poland.
“Poland appears to be the centre for Nigerians settlers with stolen identity.”
He said he traveled to Poland to demand the closure of the fake profile page but was met with resistance.
“But he (operator of the business) refused, claiming that he has authority to do that. In my name, this fellow sells and buys things which I don’t even use.”
“I am giving this fellow one week to take down this page from Facebook or I will exercise my total, uncensored freedom of expression,’’
Mr Soyinka also warned that it’s not the press job to make the government look good but to make them accountable.
“When it is something said against the government, then it is hate speech, not minding whether that thing is true or the people are actually challenging the government.
“It is important to say at this occasion that it is not the media’s business to make government look good. They have their PR officers who are paid to do that. According to section 22 of our constitution, our job is to make government accountable,’’