Chimamanda Adichie counters Soyinka on fascist comment, gives reason

Famous Nigerian Writer, Chimamanda Adichie has countered Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka on the accusation that the supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi who are widely known as Obidients are fascists.

Soyinka had in an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, accused Obidients of fascism over alleged refusal to entertain corrective criticism as their “badge of honour”.

Soyinka also accused the vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Baba Ahmed-Datti of being fascist following an interview with Channels where he said the president-elect, Bola Tinubu should not be sworn in.

Speaking on the matter which had generated controversies on the internet, Chimamanda disagreed with Soyinka, saying fascist is a very strong word.

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

She said, “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 Dr Datti’s interview was termed that way.

“Fascist can be used for INEC because many Nigerians feel cheated & gagged; with all the violence that occurred during the elections, that is Fascist.”

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