The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Wednesday dismissed reports on the endorsement of certain candidates ahead of the 2023 elections.
Soyinka made the clarification in a statement titled: “Season of Fakery Galore.”
Reports emerged in media recently that the playwright had endorsed some persons as his preferred candidates for next year’s election.
The statement read: “One can only hope that the public has learnt to identify fake news and join in the urgent task of exposing and disgracing these despicable touts.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I have not even thought 2023, much less inserted candidates into coveted positions.
“The signature of this latest slowpoke is familiar — he or she does not even know the difference between ‘Laureate and Laurel.’ This is an ancient forgery being recycled for the umpteenth time. Those who pass it round do themselves and their recipients a disservice. Find something worthwhile to occupy your time.
“In any case, we have no business with politics in the land of the dead, and the most recent information I have on me is that I died sometime last year. The email account of the year’s Nobel ‘Laurel’ was hacked by these same agents to publicise my demise, so who is this still politicking WS ‘Laurel?’”