- Professor Wole Soyinka said Rotimi Amaechi said nothing wrong in his alleged leaked tape
- The alleged tape of the minister criticising President Buhari has caused controversy in the country
- According to the nobel laureate, the minister did not insult the president in the leaked tape
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said there was nothing wrong with what the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, allegedly said about President Muhammadu Buhari in the controversial leaked tape.
Soyinka made the statement in Abuja at an event organised by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service titled ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’.
The Nobel Laureate, while speaking about the alleged leaked tape, said: “Just two or three days ago, I read an item where a minister was supposed to have insulted the president and it was carried in some media.
“And I checked the statement what this, and there was of course, a video and so on. I looked through it. I read the text again and again.
“I mean, I said I have to relearn this English language because I didn’t see where he insulted him… You know the one I am referring to."
On Saturday, January 5, some secret tape recordings allegedly containing a portrayal of President Buhari's administration as a dismal failure by the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi were leaked. The tapes were released by the campaign team of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
In the audio which has now gone viral on social media, Amaechi was quoted to have said President Buhari does not read newspapers or listen to news on the economic situation in the country.
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Speaking for the first time following the controversy of the leaked audiotape, Amaechi lashed out at the PDP, accusing the opposition party of looting the country dry.
The minister of transportation said when he was in the PDP, the focus was about sharing money.
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