Generations will Remember Obasanjo Library As A House Fraud Built – Wole Soyinka Attacks Obasanjo

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, recently released his new book titled ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?: Gani’s Unfinished Business.’ In this work, he took the opportunity to criticize former President Olusegun Obasanjo once again. This critique emerged during his speech at the 10th memorial lecture of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

Soyinka conveyed his observations about Obasanjo, stating that he sensed a reservoir of personal insecurity within him. He likened Obasanjo’s behavior to that of a bully driven by inner insecurities and a troubled conscience. Soyinka urged Obasanjo to grapple with his personal demons and refrain from interfering with movements dedicated to restoring the nation’s integrity and rectitude.

In particular, Soyinka criticized the Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, established by Obasanjo, labeling it a ‘Presidential Laundromat.’ He alleged that the construction of the library was marred by fraudulent activities, branding it a moral eyesore for the people of Ogun State.

Soyinka challenged Obasanjo’s governance record and questioned his credibility to accuse others of failing to address governance challenges. He cited the issue of power generation during Obasanjo’s eight-year tenure, emphasizing the failure to adequately address the nation’s power needs despite abundant energy resources.

Furthermore, Soyinka addressed allegations of corruption against Obasanjo made by a former Abia State governor, Chief Orji Kalu. He urged that these allegations be formally investigated and substantiated, acknowledging Kalu’s own corruption trial and his summons by the EFCC regarding the accusations.

Soyinka’s book and speech shed light on his critical perspective of Obasanjo’s actions and governance, underscoring the need for accountability and rectitude in leadership.