Wole Soyinka, an embarrassment – Patience Jonathan

Lol, she’s one to talk, with all due respect. Hehe. Culled from Punch
Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience
Jonathan, on Friday took on the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, for
attributing the crisis in the Rivers House of Assembly to her.
In a statement by her spokesman, Ayo
Osinlu, the President’s wife said Soyinka betrayed the moral duty that
expected him, as a respected member of the society, to carefully
consider all shades of issues that informed his opinions on any matter.
Mrs. Jonathan said Soyinka had become an embarrassment to his admirers with his diatribe against her.

The statement read in part, “Unfortunately, Soyinka betrayed moral duty in his recent diatribe against Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
“Of course, this would not be the first
time he would reach out against the First Lady, usually from
self-righteously indignant lecterns.
“In this particular instance, his
verdict was that Mrs. Jonathan was ‘stoking the crisis currently rocking
her home state of Rivers…’, and thereupon asked Mr. President to
caution his wife.
“The good, old Prof. reminds one of the
truth that indeed, most of the giants on the street are men of like
passions like everyone else. Worse still, most of them are actually
standing on clay feet and would fail the test of a gentle push.
“Otherwise, who would have believed that
the social, civil, constitutional and sundry rights crusader Prof.
would maintain a safe distance from the heart of an activity that is a
potential threat to the peace, security and safety of the people of a
state, then collect exaggerated stories and jaundiced perspectives from
familiar propagandists and character assassins, and promptly summon the
media to a “state of the nation” address.
“It’s an embarrassment to his throng of
admirers and followers, that a sage of Prof. Soyinka’s status, who used
to be a gauge of public morality in this nation, would lend himself to a
propaganda of high drive, to save a governor who elected to launch into
a river without applicable survival skills.”
Mrs. Jonathan argued that the
calculation was to attack the President and pull to pieces anyone
associated with him, as a strategy for attracting public sympathy to the
“clear underdog.”
She said Soyinka was only contributing to the project when he claimed that she was Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s problem.