The presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi paid a friendly visit to the renowned Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka at his home.
For sometime, Soynika has been at a loggerhead with Labour Party vice presidential candidate, Baba Datti Ahmed with regards to the statement he made in one of his interviews. “Soyinka, in a statement titled “Fascism on Course,” released on Friday, challenged the LP’s vice-presidential candidate to a debate as regards his claims of Nigeria’s democracy ending if the President-elect, Asiwasju Bola Tinubu, is sworn in May 29.”
It appears that Obi’s courtesy visit was intended to straighten and normalize any differences with the highly esteemed Nobel laureate.
Writing on his verified twitter account, Obi stated:
“Today, I visited one of Nigeria’s most revered figures and an international literary icon, Prof Wole Soyinka. Prof Soyinka has been a father whom I hold in very high esteem for what he has achieved and stands for in the struggle for a better Nigeria.”
Obi praised Soyinka the freedom fighter and said, “His reputation as a fighter for justice and equity in our society has been legendary and we will NEVER ignore them. I had a very useful and enriching discussion about his aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria, and he shared a lot with me about his dream for a greater and more inclusive Nigeria.”
Obi highlighted Prof. Soyinka positive contributions in the global public affairs especially in Nigeria including the price he paid during the country’s civil war, which landed him in prison. “I reminded the Nobel laureate of the huge price he paid just before the outbreak of the civil war, fighting for the cause of the Igbos I cherished this Sunday’s visit which was intended to erase the needless misconceptions about the relationship between the great icon and the OBIdient family, Obi concluded.