- Wole Soyinka has shrugged off statement attributed to him on FG's decision to withdraw Nigerians from 2020 WASSCE
- The Nigerian playwright, 86, described the statement being credited to him on social media as fake news
- Earlier, Ministry of Education announced the withdrawal of unity schools from the external examination due to Covid-19 pandemic
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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has denied a statement linked to him in which he was said to have scolded the federal government over the decision to withdraw Nigerian students from the 2020 West African Examination Council (WAEC).
The literary icon, according to a statement on the social media credited to him, was said to have described the withdrawal from the WAEC exam as unfortunate politicking.
The Nigerian playwright and poet, who marked his birthday on Monday, July 13, was said to have tagged the decision as a wrong move and agenda of the politicians.
“Examination cannot hold because Coronavirus is a grave danger to students but elections can hold because it is an agenda to politicians," Soyinka was quoted to have said.
Lifting the lids on the statement on Tuesday, July 14, the 86-year-old literary icon denied speaking on the cancellation of the WAEC examination by the federal government due to the pandemic.
According to Sahara Reporters, Soyinka described the statement as fake news, wondering why his name would be brought into the conversation by people who have a sinister agenda against the government.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that House of Representatives has urged the federal government to rescind its decision on the cancellation of the 2020 WAEC exams due to Covid-19 pandemic.
It would be recalled that minister of education, Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday, July 6, announced that schools under the control of the federal government would not be reopened for the forthcoming WAEC exams.
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But foreseeing damages the decision is bound to cause, the lower chamber said the examination should be held albeit under the safety guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Presenting motion on the floor of the House, Nnolim Nnaji and other lawmakers said the withdrawal of Nigerian students from the examination posed a great danger for the education sector.
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