“I Am Not Here to Bark At You”: Soyinka Shades Obasanjo Over Attack on Obas
- Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel prize winner, has tackled former President Olusegun Obasanjo, for disrespecting the traditional institution
- In his satirical manner, Soyinka was seen addressing traditional rulers that he was not at the gathering to shout at them to stand up or sit down, an instance Obasanjo was recently criticised for
- Some Nigerians have taken to the comment section of the video, saying that the rivalry between Obasanjo and Soyinka would never end
Obasanjo was recently criticised for his tongue-lashed on the traditional rulers in Oyo state when he asked them to stand up and sit down over their refusal to greet him when he arrived at the commissioning of some projects in the state.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State invited former President Obasanjo to commission a project in the Iseyin area of the state, but the former president tongue-lashed the traditional rulers, ordering them to stand up and sit down because they refused to greet him on arrival.
Soyinka reacts to Obasanjo belittling of traditional institution
In a video that was shared on X (formerly Twitter) by Ayekooto, Soyinka was seen reacting to the action of the former President when he said:
“Our royal highnesses, I wish to assure you that I am not about to bark at you to stand up and sit down”.
Some Nigerians have taken to the video’s comment section to express their views.
Oghomwen Eregie said the rivalry between Soyinka and Obasanjo would never end. He said:
“Kongi’s beef with OBJ no go ever end”.
Asade Toba posited that Soyinka knows how to be satirical. She said:
“Prof sabi, throw Jabs.”
Ejegwa Michael Benjamin said someone must have some audacity to ask the traditional rulers to stand up and sit down. He said:
“It takes a certain level of audacity to tell a traditional ruler to stand up or sit down.”
Arakunrin Debo wondered if the rift between Obasanjo and Soyinka would ever be settled. He said:
“Who will settle the fight between Soyinka and OBJ?”
Abolore Bello maintained that respect for traditional institutions is peculiar to Yoruba culture. He said:
“Abi na…..as a yoruba man we dey always respect our Obas.”
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