Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has blasted fake news writers, vicious liars and character assassins operating in the Social Media space and suspected that their motive was to use him to start a tribal war in the country.
According to the Nigeria’s P.M.News, Soyinka spoke at the Freedom Park on Lagos Island during the presentation of two books-‘Between Defective Memory and the Public Lie’ and ‘Green Cards, Green Gods’ under Intervention six and seven series.
He was reacting to the negative social media reports on the wedding of his son, Tunlewa and Nneka Ekechukwu.
P.M.News quoted Soyinka, as saying that his son and Nneka had become victims of other people’s viciousness, asking whether it was a crime now for people to get married.
He debunked the reports on social media that his son, a 20-year man wedded a 30-year old woman. Soyinka set the records straight: His son is 27 years old while Nneka is 26 years old.
“The so called social media, some people went and published the pictures. That wedding took place in June. Nobody heard about it. I like to do things quietly, so very limited people received invitation. But why publish on your Facebook such egregious lies saying my son was 20 years old and married a 30 year old woman.
“They have a right to marry, but the fact of the case is that if my son, Tunlewa, I should know, is 27 years and Nneka is 26 years, so what purpose? When I say these things are not spontaneous, it is part of what I am talking about. You cannot make a mistake between 20 years and 30 years on the one hand and 26 years and 27 years on the other hand, you sit down and you concocted a lie; you have purpose.
“What that purpose is, I know because it is not really those kids you are getting at, it is Wole Soyinka, it is not even the parents of the girl; the internet maggots who creep out from time to time to try and get into the world that they are still alive,” he lamented.
“They go further to say that Wole Soyinka refused to attend the wedding in the first place, that I had to be persuaded. I approved the wedding. I don’t understand this, nobody, not even my late parents would try to stop me from marrying anybody whom I wanted; so it is inconceivable that I will say to any of my children that I disapproved the person you want to marry, it is not possible, go and talk to any of them. So what right has anybody to sit down and said that I refused to attend and that I had to be persuaded eventually?
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