Chimamanda Counters Soyinka Fascist Comments on Datti Baba-Ahmed
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Politics - April 12, 2023

Chimamanda Counters Soyinka Fascist Comments on Datti Baba-Ahmed

International acclaimed writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has countered Laureate, Prof Wole Spyinka’s comments that Labour Party, LP, vice-presidential candidate, Datti Baba-Ahmed is being fascist.

Recall that Soyinka in an interview accused supporters of Peter Obi known as Obidients of fascism over their alleged refusal to entertain corrective criticism as their “badge honour”.

Chimamanda however disagreed with Soyinka while speaking on the program, Politics in Nigeria on Arise TV saying that fascist is a very strong word.

“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 Datti’s interview was termed that way”. Chimamanda said.

According to her, the word fascist ought to be used for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but not Datti and the Obidients.

“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.

Soyinka had said that the comments of the LP vice-president towards the judicial system were unacceptable.

“Nearly the totality of Datti’s comment in the interview was unbecoming. It was like trying to dictate to the supreme arbiter of the nation, and whatever you think of the supreme court, it is an institution we all refer to sooner or later.

The Nobel Laureate rebuke Datti’s statement, which says that the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, would be leading an unconstitutional government if sworn into office because the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate has not met requirements of the law.

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