Nigeria’s literary icon, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has dismissed recent reports alleging that he described the Igbos as people who vote based on their stomach.
It would be recalled that some online media had quoted Soyinka as saying Igbo were politically naive while delivering a lecture titled ‘Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies’ at Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research in the United States.
The Nobel Laureate was quoted as saying “Igbo remained unrepentant and resolute towards their strategic objective of secession at worst; or a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction at best.”
However, Soyinka said in a statement on Wednesday that it was unfortunate that people could tell lies against him.
The playwright described those peddling the rumour as morons who have ulterior motives.
He said his entire lecture delivered at Harvard University was recorded on video and anyone who was interested could access it on the Internet.
He said, “I have just read a statement attributed to me on a news outlet, evidently one of the Internet infestations. My lecture at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University, was video recorded. Anyone who believes what I am alleged to have said must be a moron – repeat, a moron.
“It is demeaning, sickening and boring to have to deal with these cowards who cannot fight their own battles but must fasten their imbecilic pronouncements on others. Only the mentally retarded will credit this comment attributed to me regarding the Ndigbo voting pattern in the last elections.
“I strongly suspect the author of this despicable concoction, and may make a further statement, once the source is verified.”