The daughter of late dictator, Sani Abacha, Gumsu, has attacked Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, pointing out that she was a lover of books written by Soyinka at her younger age but now, she finds Soyinka’s comment as “foolish, stupid and insignificant”.
She was reacting to the recent statement by the World-acclaimed writer that he rejected the centenary awards offered by President Goodluck Jonathan to celebrate the 100 years of the amalgamation of Nigeria because Abacha was also included in the list. Soyinka described the decoration of Abacha with a National honour as an insult.
Gumsu took to her facebook page to react to the statement, stating that “someone tell Soyinka I liked his books when I was younger but that is where it ends. Today I reject his stupid, foolish insignificant statement”.
In a related event, Sodiq Abacha, one of the sons of the late dictator also berated Soyinka for criticizing successive governments without proffering solution or offering himself for an elective position.
His open letter shared by Gumsu, reads in part:
“Sir, I believe brilliance is not perfection. I have grown and watched you criticize regime after regime and at that young and naive age I was thinking why wouldn’t this man just contest to be president so that Nigeria can be saved, I would have defiantly voted for Mr Soyinka if it would have brought an end to Nigeria’s woes. To my utter surprise, I heard about your FRSC leadership and how funds were misused and a great deal of it unaccounted for. “Oh my God! In the end he turned out to be just the same as everybody else” were my next thoughts. My hopes for you, all ended up in great disappointment”.
Read Soyinka’s The Canonisation Of Terror, stating his reasons for rejecting the awards and berating Abacha as unworthy to be honoured.