Soyinka to Buhari: You can’t honour Abiola, Abacha together


Novel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Tuesday slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, and the man who stole his mandate and clamped him into jail, the late Gen. Sani Abacha.

Soyinka, who spoke at the award ceremony for Abiola and some other heroes of democracy in Abuja, berated Buhari for sending mixed signals with his accolades for Abacha two weeks ago and newfound desire to honour Abiola.

He described Abacha, whom he did not call by name, as Abiola’s “tormentor-in-chief.”

He said: “Mr President ,you cannot honour Abiola in one breath and admire his tormentor in the same breath.”

Soyinka added that while the heroes of democracy were being recognized, the anti-democrats deserved some mention too.

“So, as we have the Hall of Heroes in one hand, we also have the Hall of Shame as a lesson to future generations,” he said.

In the latter category, he listed Abacha, whom he described as “one of the most brutal dictators — if not the most brutal, in fact the most brutal dictators — that this nation has ever known”


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