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Keep Quiet! Your Qualifications Are in English Literature And Writing Book And Plays For Theatres Not Medicine, Presidency Blast Soyinka

The Presidency has taken a swipe at the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, over his comments on the 14-day lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that he is not an expert in that area.

This is coming after the Prof. previously made a statement: “that we are not in a war emergency” and as such shouldn’t be on a lock down.

The Presidency has now replied Prof. Soyinka by saying he lacked professional competence to kick against the decision of the President because he is not a medical professor.

In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, the Presidency reminded the Nobel Laureate that his qualifications are in English literature, and his prizes are for writing books and plays for theatres.

The statement further stated that even though Soyinka was entitled to his opinions, they were mere semantics and not science.

It read: “Yesterday, the esteemed Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka made comments on the legal status and description of 14-day lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“Professor Soyinka is not a medical professor. His qualifications are in English literature, and his prizes are for writing books and plays for theatres.

“He is of course entitled to his opinions – but that is exactly all they are: semantics, not science. They cannot – and should not – therefore be judged as professional expertise in this matter in any shape or form.

“Across the world – from parts of the United States and China, to countries including the United Kingdom and France, government – mandated lockdowns are in place to slow and defeat the spread of coronavirus.

“All have been declared, and all have been made necessary, based on medical and scientific evidence. The guidance of the Nigerian Government’s medical specialists is to advise the same.

“Professor Soyinka has also declared, doubtless based on his specialism as a playwright, that: ‘We are not in a war emergency.’”

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