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Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has challenged former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to swear by this nation that he never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification during his reign at the helm of affairs of the country.

Soyinka spoke in his Interventions VIII series, titled: ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?’ meaning “Gani’s Unfinished Business,” launched recently in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

He said Obasanjo knew him so well that he did not make accusations lightly and that he despise snide insinuations.

In his words: “I now challenge you (Obasanjo) to search your soul, very deeply, and swear to this nation that you never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification. I do not make accusations lightly and I despise snide insinuations. I believe you know me well enough. And I am no prude, I am not a hypocrite of sexual desire, nor am I interested in the seamy side of Power. Take your time, think deeply and remember that each day brings you closer and closer to your Maker and the Day of Judgment-going by your own professions.”

Soyinka said sex-for-grades as a solution to that burdensome energy seemed to have become the practice, saying that even when Donald Trump and Bill Clinton were accused of sexual misconduct, no one ever accused Trump of using his nation’s assets for a romp on the presidential desk of the oval office and that not even Clinton who nearly lost his office through Monica Lewinsky, was ever accused of passing off any of the White House heirlooms, or influenced contracts in return for sexual favour.

“If I denounce you (Obasanjo) as a degenerate in need of help, remember that I do not require fiction. Verifiable truth is solemnly at my disposal. I do not concoct a thousand snipers for a thousand listed enemies of governance-one of the most impudent egregious fantasies ever manufactured by a former ruler, simply to destroy a successor and persuade oneself that one is a maker and breaker of governments,” he said.

Soyinka also said that during Obasanjo’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of his Presidential library, the former president accused him of blocking his ambitions to become the Secretary General of the United Nations.

According to Soyinka, “could someone please stop crediting me with that level of international clouts? Of course, I feel totally content and fulfilled with my contribution to that operation to ‘save our world’ from the clutches of a predator, sadist and liar-convincing evidence of which we provided in our successful diplomatic offensive-but the umbrage should also go to that very Femi Falana and the late Beko Ransome-Kuti, with whom I worked in close collaboration.”

Soyinka also said that under Obasanjo’s watch, and with proven collaboration, an elected governor was kidnapped, locked in a toilet and held there under duress to force him to sign cheques on the state treasury, saying that “he escaped confinement, thanks to a sympathetic policeman , but the state went up in flames. The state radio and television houses were torched. The House of Assembly and the law courts-my own special preserve-were vandalized. Who did you say was President at that time?”

Soyinka made reference to a letter written to Obasanjo by Col. Abubakar Umar, in which the former military governor accused Obasanjo of awarding oil block indiscriminately and illegally.

In that letter, quoted by Soyinka in the book, Umar said the allocation of oil blocks was preceded by the usual Obasanjo deceptive maneuvers intending to give the process some semblance of credibility, saying that the real allocations were concluded long before the blocks were advertised.

“Some of the oil blocks that were allocated by previous administrations and which were found to be highly productive were revoked and reallocated to preferred bidders on the flimsiest of reasons. Over 70% of all oil blocks allocated by the Obasanjo administration were cornered by him and his business associates through this dubious process,” Soyinka quoted Umar in the letter.

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  1. Prof, do share with Nigerians why some students of your days at OAU agreed to attend parties with you as a lecturer. The key word here is AGREED. One statement famously credited to you at the send off symposium organized for you at OAU was " a standing penis has no conscience". How about that? Each of you position holders, without exception, used your position to get what you wanted. QED.

    1. Your statement might be true but what bearing has has that with what was raised against OBJ. I think this is a big problem in Nigeria- politics of personalities. If an accusation has been levelled, it should be dealt with on the level of facts. It's serves nobody any good to water down issues by counter accusations. I believe this attitude is why out politicians get away with murder because, rather than hold them accountable, we play the man making the accusations, rather than the ball. I'm not suggesting that Soyinkas is right but your response is wrong

  2. It is unfortunate that what the statement bears on what was raised against OBJ is - I've no clue whether or not it's true - is OBJ used his position to get something out of some person! How is Soyinka's relationship with some AGREEABLE students different than what OBJ was said to have done. Modus ponens!

  3. it just too unfortunate that the learned are the problems of Nigeria. just one of the replies about said . instead of tackling accusation on the subject therein ooh w whip up sentiment to tribalism, religion, ethinicuty etc, hence politician and pass rulers will keep getting away with attrocities and injustice to the Nation, when will younguys learn amd get wisdom. its really sad for this generation.. cry my beloved country!!

  4. Nigeria is a failed Nation and will never come near being good again.
    If you think am being pessimistic, give me reasons to be optimistic.
    the current crop of youth in Nigeria with Religious and Ethnic Fanaticism, will always give our leaders an upper hand in impunity.

  5. I think Soyinka's obsession with OBJ has gotten to a shameful height ,while I do not hold any brief for OBJ , Soyinka should let the man be , interestingly , OBJ has yet to respond to him , showing that he will not like to join this naked dance in the market .


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