Buhari, Yakubu Blow Chance To Emerge Nigerian Heroes – Chimamanda Adichie

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Chimamanda Adichie

President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, had the chance to become the hero of Nigeria and Africa if only they delivered a transparent presidential poll. This is expessed by Chimamanda Adichie, Literary Icon.

She also reacted to labeling of supporters of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Sir Peter Obi, as fascists by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

Soyinka had in an interview with Channels Television accused Obi’s supporters referred to as Obidients of fascism over their refusal to entertain criticism, tagging it as their “badge of honour”.

In the interview, Soyinka had also described the vice presidential candidate of the LP, Baba Ahmed-Datti, as a fascist following an earlier interview where Datti said the president-elect, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should not be sworn in.

Said Baba-Ahmed during that interview: “Whoever swears in Mr. Tinubu has ended democracy in Nigeria. Mr. President, do not hold that inauguration. CJN your lordship, do not partake in unconstitutionality”.

While reacting to Soyinka’s comments, the “Half Of A Yellow Sun” author said she strongly disagreed with Soyinka, saying that the “word is a very strong word which doesn’t describe the Obidients”.

Adichie who featured as a guest on Arise TV’s Prim Time, said the word should instead be used for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), rather than Datti and the Obidients.

Said the multiple award winning Nigerian-born novelist: “I have a lot of love and respect for Prof. Soyinka but I disagree very strongly with him on this issue. Fascist is a very strong word and I don’t see any reason why Dr. Datti’s interview was termed that way.

“Fascist can be used for INEC because many Nigerians feel cheated and gagged; with all the violence that occurred during the elections, that is Fascist”.

She added that the confusion over the recent election was due to INEC‘s “deliberate non-transmission of results in real-time as stated in its guidelines”.

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