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Soyinka debunks report on herdsmen and Buhari’s achievements

Wole Soyinka debunks media report

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Soyinka debunks report on herdsmen and Buhari’s achievements

Professor Wole Soyinka has debunked claims in a media report that he said attacks by herdsmen have eroded all of President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements.

Professor Wole Soyinka has debunked claims in a media report that he said attacks by herdsmen have eroded all of President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements.

What he said: The section in the report which Soyinka claims misquoted him reads: “I am sure that carelessness and single act which has resulted in hundreds of people been killed in their farms and their farms also taken over; it has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government.”

Soyinka however denounced the purported statement by him:

  • “I denounce, in very strong terms, the report in The Nation of July 15, 2019, regarding my exchange with school pupils who visited me in Abeokuta, on Sunday, July 14, as part of the organised events on my 85th Birthday… At no time did I utter the words attributed to me by that paper, which sought to cite the plague of violence by nomadic herdsmen for the “erosion of Buhari’s achievements”
  • “Indeed, at no time in that exchange did the “achievements” of Nigeria’s current government – real or fictitious – come under consideration. The headlining is especially gratuitous, fictitious, and dishonest.”

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