‘You Can’t Honour Abiola And Be Praising Abacha, Soyinka Tells Buhari
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued commendation of late military dictator, Sani Abacha.
Soyinka, who was speaking in Abuja on Wednesday at the national honours investiture for heroes of democracy., said that although he understood Buhari’s official loyalty to Abacha, it shouldn’t take preeminence over the preservation of democracy
“Dear Mr. President, you cannot honour Abiola in one breath and admire his tormentor in the same breath,” he said.
Soyinka added that while the heroes of democracy were being recognized, the anti-democrats deserved some mention too.
“So, as we have the Hall of Heroes in one hand, we also have the Hall of Shame as a lesson to future generations,” he said.
In the latter category, he listed Abacha, whom he described as “one of the most brutal dictators — if not the most brutal, in fact the most brutal dictators — that this nation has ever known”.