Wole Soyinka, literary scholar has responded to the leaked tapes purportedly from Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, while speaking on fake news on Wednesday.
As gathered as CableNG, Soyinka, who was a panelist at a conference on fake news organised by the BBC, said the minister did not insult President Muhammadu Buhari in the tapes as was insinuated.
Phrank Shaibu, an aide of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had released the tapes said to be leaked from Amaechi’s conversation with some journalists.
He said: “Just two or three days ago, I read an item where a minister was said to have insulted the president and it was carried in some media and I checked the statement and of course there was a audio and so on and I looked through it.
“I read the text again and again and I said I have to relearn the English language because I didn’t see where the insults were.
“So sometimes, print media feels compelled to compete with the electronic media and this is a great mistake because there is a reputation.”
Soyinka also spoke figuratively of how a former president switched from describing someone as “lucifer from hell” to the “redeemer” after more than eight years in and out of office.
According to Soyinka, “if someone in a position of power for eight years has lectured a nation for eight years and after that, continued year after year to continue to direct the minds of a whole nation in one direction, only saying, ‘this is Lucifer from hell’ for eight years in office and several more years out of office saying, ‘this is Lucifer’ and then one day he changed and says, “behold your redeemer’, which of the two is fake news?”