Critically acclaimed Nigeria Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has given a candid warning to President Muhammadu Buhari against unleashing security operatives on Nigerians when they gather for peaceful demonstrations.
Soyinka stated this while attending a ceremony on the unveiling of an art gallery in commemoration of his 85th birthday in Badagry on Saturday.
Recall earlier that Nigeria security operatives had recently shut down a venue where Soyinka and others were scheduled to speak.
Speaking at the event, Soyinka said: “It is important to send a strong message to this government and to the security services to stop trying to muzzle people when they come together to exchange ideas.
“You’re reducing them as human beings and you’re also reducing yourselves as human beings because it means you’re afraid to listen.”
The Nobel Prize Laureate also advised Nigerians not to believe every news they see on the internet.
He said: “Be very, very careful what you believe even when you read such materials in social media or sometimes in newspapers because in this country, we have a most fertile multiplier effect,” Soyinka said.
“When somebody hears something, he puts it on the Internet, it spreads and an industry begins as people start commenting on things which never existed.
“Sometimes on social media, you’ll even see trending quotes supposedly from me, with my name, my photograph, with statements which represents what those people want to say but lacked the courage to say it.”