Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has discredited a statement circulated multiple times on social media that he is endorsing the national leader of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu for the 2023 presidency.
The viral statement had quoted Soyinka as saying he would involve himself in politics and campaign for Tinubu who recently informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to run for the presidency.
In a statement on Wednesday, Soyinka made a mockery of the initiators of the viral statement who referred to him as “Nobel laurel”.
He also said he had not even thought about 2023 nor considered candidates for coveted positions.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I have not even THOUGHT 2023, much less inserted candidates into coveted positions. The signature of this latest moron is familiar — he or she does not even know the difference between ‘Laureate and Laurel,’” he said.
“This is an ancient forgery being recycled for the umpteenth time Those who pass it round do themselves and their recipients a disservice. Find something worthwhile to occupy your time.
“In any case, we have no business with politics in the land of the dead, and the most recent information I have on me is that I died sometime last year. The email account of the year’s Nobel ‘Laurel’ was hacked by these same agents to publicise my demise, so who is this still politicking WS ‘Laurel’?”