Leaked Tapes: Soyinka Defends Amaechi

By Ikenga Chronicles January 10, 2019

Leaked Tapes: Soyinka Defends Amaechi

Literary scholar, Wole Soyinka has reacted to the statement credited to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi in a leaked tape.
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.

In the tape — which the Minister had declined to confirm or deny—he was heard saying Buhari is not moved by criticisms.

But speaking during the conference organised in Abuja, Soyinka said he read a news story about the tapes and saw nothing insulting to Buhari.

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.”