Soyinka responds to Rivers govt’s call for his probe over “N82 million dinner”

Wole Soyinka
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Wole Soyinka Photo: dailytimes.com.ng

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has responded to claims by the Rivers State government that its former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, spent N82 million to organize a dinner in his honour.

In a statement, Wednesday, Mr. Soyinka said the “unprecedented call” for his probe was a form of corruption fighting back.

“This morning, I saw only the headlines in one or two print media regarding the 80th Birthday dinner to which I was hosted by the former governor of Rivers State, the Honorable Rotimi Amaechi, now Minister of Aviation,” said Mr. Soyinka.

“I ignored them. It was not, and remains not my business to probe into the catering and logistical implications of the hundreds of institutions and governments all over the world to whom I acknowledge an immense debt of unsolicited recognition over the years.

“Since then however, I have learnt of some unsavory statements by the insecure incumbent of the Rivers State government Lodge. These included a loose invitation to anti-crime agencies to investigate the potential crime of being honoured through any occasion.”

Austin Tam-George, the Rivers State Commissioner of Information, had said the government would begin a probe to the spent funds and would demand a refund if it found Mr. Soyinka received part of the funds.

‎”If he agrees that he received such funds, then he will be compelled to refund same to the coffers of Rivers State,” Mr. Tam-George said during a radio programme on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

“At present, we have presented these details to the police for investigation and prosecution. We shall also take up this matter as a financial crime against the people of Rivers State.”

Mr. Soyinka said the Rivers government’s claims was warning he recounted in his recent publication, The Republic of Liars.

“Those words were: Corruption strikes back. In this ongoing instance, that expression translates most vividly as ‘Those who are neck deep in the sewage of corruption ensure that they splatter sewage in all possible and improbable directions.’

“I do however fully support the Wikeleaks call for multi-directional probes. I recommend further that he involve the services of INTERPOL to guarantee its extension to all international organisations and governments to whom I owe uncountable events of recognition – including birthday luncheons, dinners, cultural receptions and events of real, fictitious, or simply opportunistic flavoring – to which I have submitted myself.

“The descent to this present level of abominable distractions makes one truly despair. It is one that even I did not envisage when I warned – corruption strikes back.

“Whether it brings honour or dishonour to the nation is another matter – I am saddened, but indifferent.

“EFCC and company – over to you. You all know where I live.”

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  • Damian X

    Wole Soyinka must be arrested

    Without a doubt this is good case of RIGHT conduct by Rivers state government.
    The law of the land enjoins all Nigerians to expose corruption whenever it occurs.
    If Wole Soyinka is opposed to that law, he is immorally stranded without support.
    All Nigerians instead stand behind the government of RIVERS STATE on this one.
    It’s irresponsible for anyone to eat one dinner at 82 million Naira – absolutely crazy.
    Wole Soyinka is fully implicated in this corruption and must be arrested to answer.
    If Wole Soyinka’s hedonist reflex led him into this mess, he must be detained for it.

    • Chuks

      Try to consult your brain before you write. It may be very challenging to respond to Soyinka in English but do not be tempted to write just because you have access to a keyboard. Next time don’t be in a hurry to expose your poor education.

      • nATH

        BUT HE IS CONVINCING ME O! IF @damianx HAS NO SENSE AT ALL

        HOW COME HE’S CONVINCING ME WITH ALL HIS GOOD POINTS ABOVE?

      • abodes_124

        As the prof. might intone – avairians of identical plumage congregate

  • TrueNja

    Haba prof, forget about your grammar. if the story is true, N82M is just too much spent on a birthday bash dinner in a country of deprived.

  • Dan maikoko

    I think the Prof have better things to worry about like the intense gray hair on his head. The dark patches under have almost all disappear. We want you around for a lot longer Prof. take some colloidal copper supplement before you go the way of Albert Einstein with a ruptured aneurysm.

  • luv-naija

    “Wikeleaks” Sarcastic lol

  • Ex Militant

    You people
    inside Premium Times you don’t know me. Let me tell you. I can be very wicked
    if any of you should cross my way. You have been supporting Buhari and all his
    APC people, I did not say anything. Today, I want to talk. I have my own opinion
    I want to impart it. The 1999 Constitution has given me fundamental human right
    to hold any opinion I like and to impart it at anytime. This Wole Soyinka matter is
    part of the STEALING INSIDE APC that I have been complaining of since. How can
    anybody say he sat down to eat 82 million Naira food? In a country where 70% of
    Nigerians have no clean water to drink? Do you know that in that same Rivers state
    there is no water in about 80% of houses? Wole Soyinka now went there and asked
    Rotimi Amaechi to give him 82 million Naira food! We the militants may decide to go
    back to the creeks to fight if EFCC does not arrest this Wole Soyinka immediately.

    • Pastor Jones

      WOLE SOYINKA WAS FINALLY BROUGHT DOWN INTO THE GUTTER AND DESERVEDLY,
      FOR CHOOSING TO FLOCK TOGETHER WITH CRIMINALS LIKE FASHOLA AND AMAECHI.
      A MAN WHO DOES NOT HATE EVIL WILL ULTIMATELY FALL APART LIKE WOLE SOYINKA.

  • Nwa Aba {Proud Biafran}

    Prof 82 million is too much for a dinner

  • Saadu I D

    May you live longer & increase more in your wisdom my great professor.

  • Burning spear

    FELA’S SON, SEUN KUTI, ON BUHARI

    Buhari jailed my father on currency trafficking. My father did nothing wrong, but he put him in the prison for three years. My first three years in life from 1984 to 1986, I didn’t see my dad; he was dumped somewhere in Maiduguri. This is my own personal reason for a man like Fela who will never commit a crime. I know my dad and for you to jail that man you must be inherently evil. You know when you have experienced such blatant disregard for human right by taking away three years of his life for doing nothing. Will Buhari say he is not a criminal? He claimed he knew nothing about the PTF money. If he says he was not aware about that, how did he know when money got missing in Nigeria? There is a precedence. He has claimed ignorance before, he can do that again. Sadly that is what Buhari is doing–pretending not to be aware of the 5.6b Mr. Madueke left in the coffers of NNPC–Because Buhari is busy spening 326m to buy exotic animals–while feeding is taking 1.75b-That is after stealing over 2.8b oil wind fall for which he sent Fela to prison.—-

    • Sunday OGUNKANMI

      Burning Spear, Burning Illiterate! Everything you wrote reeks of outright lies, ignorance and pure evil. You are really working for your pay.

  • Burning spear

    I have said severally that corruption has many faces ati tribal marks——and one of the biggest hypocrites we have in Nigeria is Wole Soyinka. A hard core rogue if there is one in Nigeria-When he was accused of stealing money in ROAD SAFETY WE ALL DEFENDED HIM– -Rather have him, express shock at the amount of money spent by the rivers state government for his birthday—he is trying to use his yoruba trible marks to wringle out of the matter—Even if Wike is removed as Soyinka is praying for Buhari to do—The rivers state government has all the rights in the world to investigate soyinka and have him refund the 84million spent on him–while the people have no water—-to drink—Time for us in Nigeria to call a spade a spade——————–what type of country is this?

  • Burning spear

    I have said severally that corruption has many faces ati tribal marks—in 9ja—And one of the biggest hypocrites we have in Nigeria is Wole Soyinka. A hard core rogue if there is one in Nigeria-When he was accused of stealing money in ROAD SAFETY WE ALL DEFENDED HIM– -Rather than have him, express shock at the amount of money spent by the rivers state government on his birthday—he is trying to use his yoruba tribal marks to wriggle himself out of the matter—Even if Wike is removed as Soyinka is praying for Buhari to do—the rivers state government, has all the rights in the world to investigate soyinka and have him refund the 84million spent on him–while the people have no water—-to drink—Time for us in Nigeria to call a spade a spade——————–what type of country is this? To spend over 84m on Soyinkla is the highest level of madness–by Amaechi

  • Mike udi

    it is not rationally and legally acceptable in any part of the world the way Soyinka s responding to issue as the accused. Commonsensically, Soyinka is acting as a guilty child

    • Supo

      Laughable comment. Soyinka will choose to be corrupt at age 80. In fact, the comment is asinine.

    • Supo

      You’ve just shown how ill-bred you are. An 80 old man is a child to you. Continue…I’m sure you realise there’s no guarantee you’ll make 50…so have some respect for old age.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Wole Soyinka, who has been rolling in sewage with the likes of Bola Tinubu, Amaechi and Aregbesola, is a conman. He is an agba ‘ya.

    • Supo

      Omode ise…eni ti o ni nu eni k’le mo yi eni. I’m certain you can never have a Soyinka in your family even if you live your life a million times over.

  • easterner

    That’s Nigeria for you, a country where no one is a saint, the people one looks unto for some level of decency are guilty of the issue they preach against. People at helm of affairs busy prosecuting opponents in the name of fighting corruption while dinning with corruption on daily basis, corruption personified sitting and standing beside them as they preach and address the whole world on their fights against corruption and self righteousness with others clapping for them. What a country.

  • ilesanmi

    prof. Wole Soyinka ought to have condemned the past Rivers Govt. for using his birthday hosting to defraud the state, rather than attacking those raising the issue.
    If Ameachi did not intend to defraud the state, why would he ever think of organizing a birthday bash for Wole Soyinka, why?
    What is the special relationship between Soyinka and the Rivers people?

    • FormerNigerian

      Thank you.

      • Supo

        For what?

    • Supo

      My goodness, your folks ought to be ashamed. You’ve succeeded in showing to the world that the money your folks spent on your education was a complete waste. How sad? How you arrived at the premises and the conclusion of your argument is totally befuddling.

      • onome yansh

        He made a point and even asked a salient question: “What is the special relationship between Soyinka and Rivers people?” In contrast, your reply is grounded in mischief and delivered with insults. Methinks your education is more of a waste than his.

        • Supo

          He accused the Professor of aiding and abetting fraud. That’s a serious and scandalous accusation without substance. I suppose the question makes sense to you, abi…ok, so what’s the special relationship between Prof. Soyinka and all the other governments, local and foreign, and organisations that have honoured him over the years…that’s the ground you and your friend choose to rely on to accuse an 80 year old Prof Soyinka’s calibre of corruption. Most ridiculous comment I have come across on social media on the silly allegation. Let me make this point for the likes of you. When it comes to corruption, Professor Soyinka is the closest to a saint that you can get in Nigeria. The other is of blessed memory, Chief Gani Fawehinmi. So when you and that one with the wasted education want to pick on someone, stay away from Prof. He is way out your league. Ill gotten wealth is anathema to people like that. Why do I even bother….responding to someone with a name like yansh…lol

          • onome yansh

            You must be purblind or there is something with your ability to comprehend simple statements. Please read what Ilesanmi said again and read your response to it, You are the type of student who will start writing even before reading the exam questions thoroughly to understand them. I have no business with your Soyinka. If you like deify him or hero-worship him, that is your business. It is a free world after all. However, be patient enough to read comments before you jump to conclusions. That will help you to avoid vomiting thrash as you just did.

          • Supo

            Writing through your Yansh again, I see. My Soyinka? Yes o. I claim him as my own any day of the week than your Wike because the brush you’re friend are seeking to tar him with will not stick. Which part of your friend’s comment did I misconstrue, ojare? Did he not suggest the Prof is aiding and abetting fraud? Is that not his comment? I suggest you ignore your name when next you respond because what comes out it is gross…lol

          • Supo

            The man accused the former Gov of fraud for hosting Prof. Soyinka. (THE CONCLUSION). The hosting itself is evidence of fraud because the special relationship between Prof. Soyinka and the Rivers State Gocernment is not particularly obvious. (THE PREMISE). Does this make sense to you? It probably does knowing you have a Yansh for a brain.

          • ilesanmi

            Onome, please leave Supo alone. Its like he just finished a paragraph of a book on “introduction to logic” and tried to apply a concept he wrongly understood.

          • Supo

            Ilesanmi, you have no idea what you’re up against. If only you knew. All this is about is how to teach you how not to be untidy with words and to always refrain from rushing to judgment.

          • ilesanmi

            That “prof. Wole Soyinka ought to have condemned the past Rivers Govt. for
            using his birthday hosting to defraud the state”; how does this statement translate to accusing the prof. of aiding and abetting fraud?
            Wouldn’t the prof. had rejected the hosting if he had known the cost?

          • Supo

            For not speaking out against hosting the birthday to defraud the state, as you allege, is there no imputation that the man is at the very least aided and abetted and at the very worst facilitated and enabled the perpetration of fraud against the state. The moral of the story. Don’t rush to judgment until all the facts are in. You threw out the allegation way too soon especially with the denial of the last administration.

  • Damilola

    That’s Nigeria for you. Truly, the prof has no qualms in this palava, he was hosted, you can’t go to a party invited in, and start asking where the money is from or how much was spent. Such action will lead to ridicule of the gud gesture of the host which is not ethical. Dinning with perceived thieves however, is another case. But in a country where a certain group is deemed to be compensated for her loss, due to the failure of the govt to protect them and their interest, but later to be accused of aiding and abetting for collecting such from an “alleged” corrupt govt, noti is limited to be persecuted. The same way those ones were compensated, so was the Seraphic in the Rock of the Aso compensated during his loss( how do we trace the cash given please, now that they deny it?). But alas, it’s noti wrong for a god to eat from a rotten yam, only ordinary men are forbidden from such. But come to think of it, how do you ask your benefactor where he’s getting the money to pay you especially when u know he/she is more than capable, and now we’re talking of a Federal govt of the biggest economy in Nigeria. Wonders shall never end. The same wonders that shall never end is what as brought this old man into the dirt.

    • Julius

      hahahahahahaha, why do you think you have the need to spew incoherent grammar on the internet ? U dey take test ?. You are too funny as in a dumb ass funny. Chei !. You must be so proud of yourself spewing bullshit on every topic.

      • Damilola

        No vex my Boss!!! Naso em pikins em de do

  • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

    He has said it all EFCC over to you, you all know where I lived. WS we are very proud of you.

    • Efemena Edafiok

      Very proud of him.

      • Okechukwu Aribeana

        If you play too long with chickens, you smell like their poo. Remember that your “god”, Prof. Soyinka, joined in the quarrel between President Jonathan’s wife and Gov Amaechi, immediately after the famous dinner.

    • FormerNigerian

      No my brother. This is not about PDP. It’s about Africa. We need to change our mentality. Condemn all forms of waste and corruption.

    • Julius

      Always !

  • Say the truth

    Soyinka is an APC apologist and he is above the law. Nothing will happen. EFCC can’t go near Soyinka’s house else they loose their job. Amaechi will always ask you to go to APC courts because Buhari empowered him to continue his roguish behavior. What a shame.

    • SBA

      You are a PDP apologist!

    • Efemena Edafiok

      Shame on you. PDPigs Wailing Wailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Julius

      So, where should they go to get their so-called money back and for the prosecution of the offenders ?

  • Isi Agwo

    The Nobel Prize winner for self-promotion is back doing what he knows best: promoting self-righteousness!

    Listen to Angel Soyinka: “It was not, and remains not my business to probe into the catering and logistical implications of the hundreds of institutions and governments all over the world to whom I acknowledge an immense debt of unsolicited recognition over the years.”

    • Fula

      If your family nor get the type, you are not likely to appreciate it. in other words…bad belle

    • Julius

      Was he lying ?

    • Supo

      Fantastic explanation…if you know different, let’s hear it.

  • Fula

    WS abeg ignore the jesters

    • eBusinesz

      what is difference of this case and that of dokpesi

      • Supo

        eBusinesz, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Dokpesi and Soyinka? What’s the connection?

  • FormerNigerian

    Nigerians and their meaningless slogans – ‘corruption is fighting back’ bla bla bla. At the very least spending N82 million even of a worthless currency is ostentatious and obscene. Buhari will gain respect if he goes after everybody. Amaechi is corrupt, Tinubu is corrupt, Fashola is corrupt, the entire PDP is corrupt, everyone who has ever held political office in the zoo and especially rogues in the national assembly are all corrupt. Only Buhari in my eyes is above suspicion. If the zoo is serious, supsend the constitution for a year and fish out EVERYBODY no matter how far removed from actual political office. Shed blood to clean up. Even some dropping comments here would be caught. Nigerians are wasteful. They’re the only nationality that would waste millions on simple ceremonies and parties due to vanity and pride. Zoo people would buy poo if you tell them it has a designer label stuck on it. Until a total cleanout is done the zoo will remain a deviant and bastard nation.

  • P. Jones

    @formernigerian:disqus

    WOLE SOYINKA WAS FINALLY BROUGHT DOWN INTO THE GUTTER AND DESERVEDLY,
    FOR CHOOSING TO FLOCK TOGETHER WITH CRIMINALS LIKE FASHOLA AND AMAECHI.
    A MAN WHO DOES NOT HATE EVIL WILL ULTIMATELY FALL APART LIKE WOLE SOYINKA.

    • Supo

      You need help. Get some. Prof. Soyinka is way out of your league.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    It is amazing how events unfold. No one is sure how this will all end. We hope ordinary Nigerians who are the ultimate victims of this recklessness by government officials and their cronies/political associates get justice in the prosecution of all however remotely associated to the crimes. Mr Soyinka should allow the EFCC and/or DSS do their job. If he feels he is innocent, then he should tarry until court proceedings begin wherein he would put forth his defense. Until then, he should keep his mouth shut. This is the civilized way to go rather than dramatizing by resorting to poetic responses which in my opinion are evasively distracting. No one is above the law. Let Mr Rotimi come clean and provide verifiable evidence of his expenditure with regards to the event. We must also seek that EFCC investigate Mr Buhari’s Jeeps received from Dasuki because the so called blood money was used for the purchase of those cars. No one should be above the law.

    • Think2Wice

      GBAM

    • Supo

      Is any charge pending against him or Amaechi? Just curious. Very uninformed comment.

  • Curious

    Soyinka’s denial is repulsive. What amazes me is that he runs to the media to put forth a defense. Why not use the courts? Concluding that old men don’t lie is a from of mental illness…and I am in no way surprised because someone wrote long ago that 89% of Nigerians are insane. If not, why is someone like Buhari with no High School or college education the CEO of a multi-billion Naira company like Nigeria?

    • Supo

      You shouldn’t be off your medication. This is what happens when you do.

  • Mr INTEGRITY

    Buhari jailed my father on currency trafficking. My father did nothing wrong, but he put him in the prison for three years. My first three years in life from 1984 to 1986, I didn’t see my dad; he was dumped somewhere in Maiduguri. This is my own personal reason for a man like Fela who will never commit a crime. I know my dad and for you to jail that man you must be inherently evil. — Seun Kuti (Fela’s Son)

    • OmoLasgidi

      His father failed to declare the currency, and jailed on the technicalities of the case. Was is it Buhari that charged him, or he should answer for everything that happened in his regime? Please go and get a life Seun!

      • Dy

        You are wrong there. Pls don’t misinform pple. In 1984 there was not even a single anti money laundering laws in the Nigerian statute books and/or immigration and customs laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. There was no limits as to what one should carry and no requirement to declare such. Remember when Buhari’s in-law carried suitcases of billions of Naira he had no need to declare. So Buhari couldn’t have jailed Fela in anticipation of laws passed 19yrs later. Read. Read my friend and stop misinforming ppl. Buhari is guilty as charged. Period!

        • Supo

          Dy, get yourself informed before misinforming people. He was charged for not disclosing the foreign currency in his possession at the airport on his was for an international engagement. I do concede however that there was no love lost between Fela and the military at the time.

      • eBusinesz

        Hypocrisy

      • Supo

        Seun is talking nonsense here. His faather was no alter boy, but loved him.

  • OmoLasgidi

    And when did the likes of Wike appear to be credible? Soyinka was an invitee, so he should have asked Amaechi (his host) to submit the budget to him first, before attending? Never knew there were so many clueless Mumus in this Naija sha!

    • UseYourBrainIfUhaveAny

      Should Dopkesi and others have asked Dasuki the Source of the monies before collecting?

      • eBusinesz

        Great question!!
        this is the Hypocrisy I always talk off
        Dasuki is NSA, wetin concern Metuh, dokpesi and others, take Dasuki to court simple otherwise Wole should answer!!

        • Alamu

          We should take Dasuki to court while we leave Anenih, Metuh, Dokpesi, Falae, Yakassai and others alone. On the other hand, we should take Soyinka to court! Logic Nigeriana (or is it Arewana/Biafrana/Odu’ana?)

      • Supo

        Which money are you talking about? That Prof. Soyinka was given part of N82m to attend a party in his honour is asinine on the face of it. The man is beyond corruption.

    • eBusinesz

      Hypocrisy is some people’s second name
      Always twisting!
      Laughing in Spanish

  • Domingos

    Wole is not a man you can trust. He is very deceptive and lacks integrity. Google what he said of Mohammadu Buhari in 2011 and you will agree with me that most people from that part of the country are very dangerous allies. I pity Rotimi. I pity the Rivers state people more. Now that their money is hidden under Olumo Rock how will they get it?

    • Supo

      You obviously don’t know the man. So your asinine comment is excusable.

  • @Kazkanye

    ‘Those who are neck deep in the sewage of corruption ensure that they splatter sewage in all possible and improbable directions.’ ~ Prof. Wole Soyinka

    • abodes_124

      …perhaps one should keep away from the sewer in the first place?

      • Supo

        Read his statement again because tou obviously misconstrued it. Who is in the sewer? Wike or the Prof?

        • abodes_124

          Ha ha in literary circles it’s what is described as a double entendre. You are quite free to interprete the way you wish The Prof if he were reading this would understand and realised that perhaps he should have been more circumspect in who he accepts dinner invitations from. To put your question more crudely . There is a smell in the room. Who farted?

          • Supo

            Been more circumspect in who he accepts dinner invitations from? This is probably the most ridiculous comment I’ve read on this matter. Do you have an idea how many states and organisation, local and foreign, hosts the Prof for one reason or the other? Very neauseating comment devoid of any mental input solely a product of bad bele for the immediate former Rivers State Government.

          • abodes_124

            I can not speak for you but I am careful in selecting which invitations I honour. It is a bit unfortunate for the Prof that this dinner which no one knew about was followed by a change in his tune about the PDP and the APC. He is one of my heroes but this has turned out to be an error of judgement. He should please accept invitations from literary and learned societies and avoid those from politicians anywhere but particularly so in Nigeria where they are all declared or suspected thieves His response with somewhat egoistical bombast has not helped. A foul smell has been set off He shoul keep quiet and hopefully it will go away. For me his good sense and judgement has taken a knock. Let it not extend to his honesty and integrity.

          • Supo

            His good sense and judgment has taken a knock? Arrant nonsense.

          • Supo

            Oh! So this is about you and I…really. I hate to break it to you buddy, but you’re not Prof. Soyinka. The man has been attending birthday events from politicians since time immemorial. What makes this one different? It’s clear your beef is vicarious. It’s Rotimi Amaechi you’re after. Fair enough. Go after him. Amaechi is kuku not one to run away from a fight and has responded in kind. Leave the Prof out of it. In any event, Prof has thrown the gauntlet. Let them investigate him. He’s not going anywhere.

  • Daniel

    I am sorry to say this response from our dear prof. is escapist and poor. However, the EFCC should do its job.

    • Supo

      Escapist and poor? How so? So you agree that he collected money from Amaechi for hosting him? You obviously don’t know the man. Well, he has thrown the gauntlet at the EFCC.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nyesom Wike the deposed governor of Rivers State,is finished as play delaying tactics to delay the conduct of credible election to the office of Rivers State governorship position,which the Rivers State election tribunal and appeal court have already adjucated on by deposing Nyesom Wike and ordering conduct of another credible fair and fair gubernatorial election.At the end Nyesom Wike would be arrested and prosecuted for electoral crimes and arson as well as murder.

  • Ifeanyi Nwoko

    The day that Mr. Soyinka cannot be trusted is the day I will stop believing anything good can come from Nigeria. He represents a beacon of hope, and that one does not have to succumb to corruption in Nigeria.

    That said, since he chose to respond to the allegation, one sentence stating he received no such funds would have sufficed. He said a lot without saying anything here.

    People stuck in the sewer can only splash sewage to people in close proximity. This is why your intellect and moral co-traveler, Chinua Achebe, did well to shun and dissociate himself from everything that appeared unsavory. For these reasons, no matter what sewage one tries to ascribe to his name today, nothing can stick. I hope this will be a lesson learned.

    • Burbank

      “People stuck in the sewer can only splash sewage to people in close proximity.”

      Wrong – it depends on the size of the sewer.

  • abodes_124

    I would have thought Prof Soyinka having a literary bent should have realised this was a tongue in cheek parody of people being arrested and incarcerated just because they received cash or kind from Dasuki regardless of the reason for the transaction.. He should have just laughed out loud .

  • Burbank

    “Those who are neck deep in the sewage of corruption ensure that they
    splatter sewage in all possible and improbable directions.”

    In the case of Wike, he is not neck-deep; he’s in the Marianas Trench of sewage.

  • Ade Omowest

    “….insecure incumbent of the Rivers State government Lodge.”. I love this description of the Caretaker Governor of Rivers State Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike,

    • Burbank

      Me too. I loved his play of phrases and their application in living colors.

  • Oh!

    The Governor does not know that he is legally liable for his accusations should Soyinka decide to sue.
    Of course any such law suit would have to wait until the Governor leaves his position because as a current executive he enjoys protective immunity.

    • Ifeanyi Nwoko

      This has me thinking. If he is acting in his capacity as governor, then I doubt if Soyinka can sue him as a civilian. I’m not expert on the Nigerian constitution, but does it treat criminal and civil cases the same in terms of immunity? There are previous/current civil suits against current office holders. Rewarding punitive damages and sending an official to prison are two different things.

      I will like for some legal experts to weigh in here.

      • Oh!

        Acting in his capacity as a Governor only immunizes him while in office. The minute he leaves that office, he looses his immunity and can be prosecuted for the things he did while a governor as long as the statute of limitation permits. Look at Saraki for example, his case dates back to when he was acting in his capacity as a Governor in Kwara state.

        Immunity is granted to only executives and their deputies because their job is deemed too important to the nation to allow prosecutions, court cases etc disturb them while they are doing it. It does not prevent them from being investigated, sued etc. It simply says you can not disturb them while they are doing the job. Wait till they are done.

        • Ifeanyi Nwoko

          Your response is appreciated. The context I intended when I said “in capacity of governor” was him carrying out duties in line with the office of governor. In that position, he represents the people. So would it not be the office of the governor/state that holds the liability? Take for instance, in some countries, when a police officer is sued by a civilian, it is the city/municipality that pays that pays money where plaintiff wins. Those are usually civil suits. For a case to be criminal, it will have to go through the government to determine if there was any wrongdoing, then file charges accordingly.

          It doesn’t make sense to sue an official for after he leaves office as:
          a) he can claim to be broke and have no money to settle the case

          b) it doesn’t encourage the government to be a watchdog over their employees as they will never have liability

          I’m personally very much against this immunity clause, for so many reasons. It’s very backwards. The governors shouldn’t have to appear in court as their legal teams can handle that. Also, the thinking shouldn’t be that they shouldn’t be disturbed while holding post, but that there is a threat of these suits so they should think twice before acting with impunity.

          Just my opinion though.

          • Oh!

            You raised some very valid issues and we are in agreement on most. However, even if a Governor is building an airport, a hospital or a court house for that matter in and for his state, if he crosses anybody, he is still liable for his actions! The immunity clause does not protect a Governor in that sense. It simply pauses any legal action while the Governor is in office.

            The only Federal employees that have the kind of protection you are suggesting above would probably be members of the armed forces acting on orders. Even then, a plaintiff just needs to follow the chain of command up to the origin of said order.

            Perhaps this article from July here on PT may shed further light:
            Immunity clause does not protect president, governors from probe – ICPC

            We trust you will alert us to facts we may have misconstrued or other misconceptions in our take. You have pushed us enough that we are now obligated to research the immunity clause further and we sincerely appreciate that. Thanks.

  • Gift49ja

    I never like witch hunting but let’s wait and see how it unfold. Meanwhile, I have reservations on Soyinka as a so-called activist who never speak up or walk the street for the downtrodden when the anti-people machinations are on the street according to Yusuf Bala Usman.

    • Supo

      You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. Google the man and gather more information about him. You’re clearly ignorant about the man’s antecedents.

  • Kekedu

    Wikeleaks? That’s a very funny one from the Prof.

  • concienceisanopenwound

    ‘Dasukigate’…’Wikeleaks’. Aren’t these nomenclatures from similar transactions? The Courts could be assisted by the Professor expert with these new advanced dictionary entries…….”a Registry of Corruption”. In defining the new terms, one can discover if their vocabularies are linked. Truth