Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, visited Professor Wole Soyinka on Sunday, a month after a disagreement with the Obidients movement, a group of supporters who back him.
Soyinka criticized voter suppression he witnessed in some Lagos polling units and accused the Obidients of fascism and their inability to handle constructive criticism while appearing on Channels Television and Arise TV on April 8.
After making the remark, Soyinka was heavily trolled and abused online by angry youths who supported Obi. During an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today two weeks ago, Obi expressed sadness about the incident, stating that he regarded Soyinka as a father.
Obi also defended his Obidient movement, claiming that they were angry youths who had been deprived by a system meant to look after them. Obi tweeted that his visit with the Nobel laureate was enriching and that they had a beneficial conversation.
The tweet read, “Today I visited one of Nigeria’s most revered figures and an international literary icon Prof Wole Soyinka. Prof Soyinka has been my father, whom I hold in very esteem for what he has achieved and stands for in the struggle for a better Nigeria. His reputation as a fighter for justice and equity in our society has been legendary, and we will NEVER ignore them.
“I had a very useful and enriching discussion about his aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria, and he shared a lot with me about his dream for a greater and more inclusive Nigeria. I reminded the Nobel laureate of the huge price he paid just before the outbreak of the Civil War, fighting for the cause of the Igbo.
“I cherish this Sunday visit which was intended to erase the needless misconceptions about the relationship between the great icon and the Obidient family.”