- Senator Shehu Sani jokingly referred to Professor Wole Soyinka as the patron of criminal's club
- The former lawmaker made the joke when the duo met at the Federal High Court during the resumed trial of Omoyele Sowore
- According to Sani, Professor Soyinka had first jokingly referred to him as a criminal when he arrived the courtroom
The former senator who represented Kaduna Central at the 8th National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has jokingly referred to Nigeria's Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, as "the patron of the criminal's club".
Sani made this known in a tweet posted on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, February 12.
The former lawmaker met with Professor Soyinka at the Federal High Court in Abuja during the resumed trial of Omoyele Sowore, the co-convener of the RevolutionNow protest who is being charged for treason by the federal government.
As Senator Sani arrived the courtroom for Sowore's trial, Professor Soyinka who also attended the trial jokingly called the former Kaduna lawmaker "another criminal".
Soyinka was quoted to have said, "aha here comes another Criminal like Sowore.”
In his response, Sani also jokingly said, "sir you are the patron of the Criminals club."
Read the full tweet below:
"Just arrived The Federal High Court venue of the Sowore Trial.And Professor Soyinka was quick to say..”aha here comes another Criminal like Sowore” and I said “sir you are the patron of the Criminals club”".
Recall that Sani is also being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged extortion and bribery. The former lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to the charges just as he alleged witchhunt.
The military government of Sani Abacha had also in 1997 charged Soyinka with treason.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Sani offered advice on what should be done for repentant members of the Boko Haram insurgency who are being released to the society.
Many Nigerians have criticised the federal government for releasing some repentant Boko Haram members who have reportedly gone through deradicalisation and rehabilitation, saying such action can worsen the country's security situation.
Sani in his own advice which he posted on Twitter on Wednesday, January 6, however, did not condemn the government's action regarding the release of the repentant Boko Haram members.
The former lawmaker urged the government to ensure those released are given jobs or capital to start a business to ensure they don't return to the path of terrorism and violence.
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