Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, plans to hold a private wake for the death of Nigeria common sense on January 20 when Mr Donald Trump would be sworn in as new president of the United States (US).
The Agbaakin Olubadan of Ibadan land, senior chief, Lekan Alabi, has however asked Soyinka to drop the plan.
Alabi, made the call at the celebration of his 50th year of civil activism in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday.
According to Soyinka, the “funeral” programme is to advance his argument that his reported promise to destroy his card generated from a mere private discussion which should not have passed for his hard position of the US election.
He had vowed to destroy his U.S green card should Trump win the election.
He said: “I’m going to hold a private wake on inauguration day not to mourn the decision of Americans in the choice of President but to mourn the death of Nigeria common sense,” he pledged.
But Alabi noted that Soyinka’s planned action stemmed from demands by some people for his compliance with his vow to destroy his U.S Green Card after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
Alabi said: “Our world-renowned Nobel laureate, human rights champion, teacher and so on reserves the right, under the law, to react to issues and people as he deems fit. My concern is not about Professor Soyinka’s destruction or otherwise of his US Green Card, but my shudder, like millions of other Nigerians is at a ‘Wake’ in whatever form, in Nigeria on a day that Americans and their friends will be dining, clinging glasses and dancing many thousands of miles away from our shores, on a matter of the least bother to them – US citizens.
“Shelving his planned ‘Wake for idiocy, illiteracy …’ will not remove a single hear (honour) from Professor Soyinka’s time-honoured reputation or respect. Rather, it will save a situation whereby his peers, honourable men and ladies will not be unfairly grouped with Professor Soyinka’s targeted folls and illiterates who have drawn his ire for invading his privacy.”