Nobel Laurel Prof Soyinka reacts to reports that Amaechi spent N82m to host him in Rivers state

Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has reacted to a claim by the
Rivers state government that a former governor of the state and now
Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi spent N82million to host him while
he, Soyinka, was in the state during the last administration. In
statement he titled “Those who flounder in the sewage of corruption,”
Soyinka lashed out at the incumbent Nyesom Wike-led government whom he
described as Wikeleaks. His statement after the cut…

“This morning, I saw only the headlines in one or two print media
regarding the 80th Birthday dinner to which I was hosted by the former
governor of Rivers State, the Honorable Rotimi Amaechi, now Minister of
Transportation. I ignored them. It was not, and remains not my business
to probe into the catering and logistical implications of the hundreds
of institutions and governments all over the world to whom I acknowledge
an immense debt of unsolicited recognition over the years. Since then
however, I have learnt of some unsavory statements by the insecure
incumbent of the Rivers State government Lodge. 

These included a loose invitation to anti-crime agencies to investigate
the potential crime of being honoured through any occasion. The
unprecedented call by this governor is prescient of a warning I
recounted in my recent pamphlet publication THE REPUBLIC OF LIARS, and
was taken from my address to an anti-corruption global conference that
took place in Tunisia two years ago. Those words were: CORRUPTION
STRIKES BACK. 

In this ongoing instance, that expression translates most vividly as
“Those who are neck deep in the sewage of corruption ensure that they
splatter sewage in all possible and improbable directions. I do however
fully support the Wikeleaks call for multi-directional probes. I
recommend further that he involve the services of INTERPOL to guarantee
its extension to all international organisations and governments to whom
I owe uncountable events of recognition – including birthday luncheons,
dinners, cultural receptions and events of real, fictitious, or simply
opportunistic flavoring – to which I have submitted myself. 

The descent to this present level of abominable distractions makes one
truly despair. It is one that even I did not envisage when I warned –
CORRUPTION STRIKES BACK! Whether it brings honour or dishonour to the
nation is another matter – I am saddened, but indifferent. EFCC and
company – over to you! You all know where I live,”he said

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