By Dapo Akinrefon
LAGOS—THE Yoruba Consultative Forum, YCF, has condemned what it called a campaign of undisguised calumny by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka against former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
In a statement by its President, Professor Tejumade Akintoye Rhodes, the YCF said: “Professor Wole Soyinka has definitely crossed the bar of decency and civilised literary grace.”
The statement reads: “At a time when everyone is nudging Obasanjo forward as the courageous rallying point against the present dislocations in our polity, Soyinka is salivating in some primitive laceration of the old soldier, reveling in poisonous vendetta and abuse against Obasanjo.
“In Soyinka’s warped cosmology, he insists that Obasanjo is not the fit and proper person to lead the new movement against the warped national polity. This is malicious, undignifying, spurious, a drooling mechanical twaddle bound for literary garbage.
“Of course Obasanjo, like all of us is not perfect. But he is a courageous man, a superlative patriot, who contends with any errant power with thorough sincerity, with masterful resolve to rectify the observable wrongs.
“Soyinka has now eroded his once sterling heights of great crusader and crashed his status to a Lilliputian pamphleteer, angry at the world, pouring venom everywhere, without tactical purity.”
The forum, however, vowed to engage Soyinka “with balanced intellectual vigour wherever he erupts again in his vitriol against Obasanjo, enough is enough.”