Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has said he never endorsed
the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Mr Soyinka, during a press conference in Lagos on
Thursday, said he didn’t vote on election day in 2015.
“It is false to say that I supported the election of Buhari,”
he said, adding that what he said at the time was “do not
vote for Jonathan.”
The professor said it is his fundamental right to vote for
any candidate of his choice, and if the person fails, he is
entitled to say it.
Amidst the economic hardship and insecurity across the
country, a lot of Nigerians have lambasted Mr Soyinka for
contributing to the emergence of Mr Buhari as president.
The Nobel laureate was a staunch critic of the Goodluck
In the run-up to the 2015 general election, he, however,
distanced himself from media reports claiming he
endorsed a presidential or governorship candidate.
“All such attributions are fabrications by faceless, often
self-appointed agents of deception, and should be publicly
pilloried,” Mr Soyinka had said in a statement in January
“Whenever I choose to declare support for a candidate –
as is my electoral right – I shall ensure that I deploy a
medium that places my authorship beyond dispute.
Internet habitues, Social networks etc are urged to be less
gullible, and avoid becoming cheap conduits for the