Osun People Defend Professor Wole Soyinka

OSUN State people last weekend lambasted Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the state governor, for the invectives poured on the highly revered Professor Wole Soyinka. In a survey conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, the people said Oyinlola had come out of his shell to declare that he has no modicum of respect for respositors of education and knowledge. The…”
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August 26, 2008 9:34 pm

OSUN State people last weekend lambasted Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the state governor, for the invectives poured on the highly revered Professor Wole Soyinka.

In a survey conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, the people said Oyinlola had come out of his shell to declare that he has no modicum of respect for respositors of education and knowledge. The people stated that Oyinlola had shot himself in the foot for deprecating the Nobel Laureate’s international title for academic excellence in literature bestowed on Soyinka decades ago.

Oyinlola had in a press statement last weekend called Soyinka a “Nobel Liar,” accusing him of misinforming the Nigeria public of the political happenings in the state of Osun. Osun governor by default of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had blasted Soyinka of taking sides on the poll tribunal’s verdict on the governorship claims in the state.

Respondents in Okuku, the country home of Oyinlola went down the memory lane and revealed that “Oyinlola has absolute respect for only the traditional institution just because his father late Oba Moses Oyinlola was part of the institution, but the man has no respect for gurus of education and knowledge. Oyinlola himself only had three credits is his school certification which he had from our grammar school here, Odo-Otin Grammar School, Okuku.

“The law degree which he now flaunts, was obtained after his retirement on the Brigadier-General rank in the Nigeria army, and the degree everyone knows, was obtained on a platter of financial inducement, naira trickled out of so much he amassed as Lagos State Administrator.
“Good enough, he has said he would be leaving the government house to become a cleric. But we know, he would resume his auto dealership business full time.

He cannot practice as a lawyer, let him try it and see the emptiness of his claim to a law degree,” our Okuku respondents, said Other respondents made a quick re-assessment of Nigeria military of Oyinlola’ time and said he belonged to the era, when corps discipline and respect for the authorities had disappeared, describing Soyinka as a distinguished authority with undiminished clouts and status across the globe.

Stories By ISAAC OLUSESI

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