Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has raised concerns about a conspiracy to annul the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria, drawing parallels with the infamous 1993 election cancellation by former military dictator Ibrahim Babangida.
Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, Soyinka asserted that there were elements determined to lead the nation back to the dark days of political instability.
The playwright also expressed his disdain for the comments made by Datti Baba-Ahmed, the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, describing it as “disgraceful and menacing.”
As reported by Punch, Baba-Ahmed had urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria not to swear in Tinubu as the duly elected president, a move Soyinka found deeply troubling.
Meanwhile, former President Muhammadu Buhari has denied allegations that his administration deliberately used the naira redesign policy to punish Nigerians.
According to a memoir titled ‘Working with Buhari: Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015 – 2023),’ written by Buhari’s former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the policy was implemented to ensure a cleaner 2023 general election rather than to inflict hardship on citizens. The memoir was presented in Abuja on Tuesday.