Why I Opposed Soyinka Over Anti-Datti Comments – Chimamanda Adichie

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Literary guru, Chimamanda Adichie, has reacted to labeling of supporters of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, as fascists by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

Soyinka, in an interview with Channels Television had accused Obi’s supporters referred to as Obidients of fascism over their refusal to entertain criticism, tagging it as their “badge of honour”.

In the interview, Soyinka had also described the vice presidential candidate of the LP, Baba Ahmed-Datti, as a fascist following an earlier interview where Datti said the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, should not be sworn in.

“Whoever swears in Mr Tinubu has ended Democracy in Nigeria. Mr President, do not hold that inauguration. CJN your lordship, do not partake in unconstitutionality,” Baba-Ahmed had said.

While reacting to Soyinka’s comments, the “Half of a Yellow Sun” writer said she strongly disagreed with Soyinka, saying that the “word is a very strong word which doesn’t describe the Obidients.”

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