Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to swear whether he never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification while he presided over Nigeria.
Prof. Wole Soyinka spoke in his Interventions VIII series, titled: ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?’ meaning “Gani’s Unfinished Business,” launched recently in Lagos.
He explained that Obasanjo is aware that he does not make unfounded statement ,hence he was sure of what he is accusing him of .
“I now challenge you (Obasanjo) to search his conscience and swear that you never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification. I do not make accusations that I am not sure of anytime”
Soyinka said exchange of sex-for-grades as a solution to that burdensome energy seemed to have become the practice, comparing that even when Donald Trump and Bill Clinton were accused of sexual misconduct, no one ever accused Trump of using his nation’s assets for a romp on the presidential desk of the oval office and that not even Clinton who nearly lost his office through Monica Lewinsky, was ever accused of influencing contracts in return for sexual favour.
Prof. Wole Soyinka recalled that when Obasanjo celebrated 10th anniversary of his Presidential library, the former president accused him of blocking his ambitions to become the Secretary General of the United Nations.
“could someone please stop crediting me with that level of international clout? Of course, I feel totally content and fulfilled with my contribution to that operation to ‘save our world’ from the clutches of a liar-convincing evidence of which we provided in our successful diplomatic offensive-but the umbrage should also go to that very Femi Falana and the late Beko Ransome-Kuti, with whom I worked in close collaboration, “said Soyinka.
Soyinka similarly alleged that during the tenure of Obasanjo and with his support , an elected governor was kidnapped, locked in a toilet and held there under duress to force him to sign cheques on the state treasury, saying that “he escaped confinement, thanks to a sympathetic policeman , but the state went up in flames. The state radio and television houses were torched. The House of Assembly and the law courts—my own special preserve-were vandalized. Who did you say was President at that time?”
Soyinka quoted a letter written to Olusegun Obasanjo by Col. Abubakar Umar, in which the former military governor accused Obasanjo of awarding oil block indiscriminately and illegally.