Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that he teamed up with late Alake of Egbaland, Oba Samuel Oyebade Lipede and others to “kidnap” former military president Ibrahim Babangida “with his consent of cause”.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Soyinka who described Babangida as a man with “guts”, also stated that he has a soft spot for the ex-Nigerian leader.
“Look at where we are seated (his Abeokuta residence in Ogun State). There are many aspects of the history of this place that many people do not know.
“Before this house was completed, former President Babangida had lunch here when he was President,” Soyinka said in an interview published on Vanguard on Sunday.
“We seized him, took hold of him; ‘kidnapped’ him, according to the Alake. The Alake said “in our presence, they came saying Wole Soyinka has ‘kidnapped’ IBB”. Yes, we did but with his consent of course.
“I said to him, “there are people I want you to meet, talk to; people who hate your guts, and those who approve. It is important to seize every opportunity to talk to them and exchange ideas.”