BREAKING: Professor Wole Soyinka Describes Garba Shehu As A ‘Paid Errand Voice’, Used To Cause Distraction By The Buhari Administration

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has responded to an attack on him by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu. 

Shehu, speaking on behalf of the Presidency, had urged Nigerians to ignore Soyinka’s comments on the lockdown order declared by Buhari on Sunday, during his nationwide broadcast. 

The lockdown taking place in Lagos State, Ogun State, and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, was part of wider measures adopted by the government to halt the spread of thevcoronavirus in the country.  

Shehu therefore, said that Nigerians should ignore Soyinka for kicking against the move because, he lacks knowledge on issues of health and science in general. 

Responding however, on Thursday morning, Soyinka described Shehu as a paid propagandist, doing the bidding of the Buhari administration. 

His words: “Mr. Shehu Garba failed to mention a most important profession in which I am confirmed: Alarmist. Unpaid. It is a universal function of humanity, even in the midst of the worst of crises. 

“To save me the trouble of responding to the mind boggling irrelevances of paid errand voices, a professional colleague kindly sent me an affirmative article in the New York Times. 

“You will understand that I cannot take issues with a propagandist, whose clear mission is to distract public attention from the complex issues of health – both the physiological and the mental.”

The New York Times article referred to by Soyinka raises concern on how the global health crisis is creating an avenue for political Leaders to exhibit dictatorial tendencies. 

The article went on to express fears over whether the new powers acquired by Heads of governments in many countries of the world, including in Nigeria, will be relinquished by the end of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Recall, that several leading Legal Practitioners in Nigeria, including Femi Falana, had said that the lockdown order by Buhari could not stand, except backed by law. 

Shortly afterwards, Buhari on Monday, announced the signing into law of the Covid-19 Regulations.

Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), conferred such powers on him. 

It was the legal framework needed to enforce the lockdown order in Lagos State, Ogun State, and the FCT. 

The order has taken effect in Lagos State and the FCT, while it will be enforced in Ogun State, starting from Friday, April 3.

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