By Emma Ovuakporie
ABUJAâ€”The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday described the recent statement by Prof Wole Soyinka, calling on Iwu to either â€œresign or be forced outâ€ as self-serving.
In a statement in Abuja by the Public Affairs department of the commission,Â said: â€œTo the discerning minds, the idea of Soyinka calling on Iwu to either â€œresigns or be forced outâ€ can only be seen as self-serving, if not bestial. This call coming from a supposed apostle of democracy is not only undemocratic but reprehensible.
â€œIt smacks of a jungle justice, the Hobbesian era when the strongest held sway.Â It is unimaginable that a Noble laureate and an intellectual of high repute would condescend so low as to call for the removal of a public officer through unorthodox approach.â€
TheÂ statement, however, noted that â€œProfessor Wole Soyinka is a revered citizen of the world. As a Nobel Laureate and a renowned intellectual, when Soyinka speaks, the world cannot but listen. By implication, this international recognition conferred on this intellectual icon has therefore bestowed on him a responsibility that should not be toyed with. Regrettably, the erudite Professor and playwright often times abuses the exalted position that his cerebral works have conferred on him.