- Prof Wole Soyinka has shed more light on the relationship between him and Gowon
- The Nobel laureate said he did not hold anything against the ex-head of state
- Gowon government detained Soyinka for two years between 1967 and 1969
The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has declared that he holds no grudge against Nigeria's former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, over his detention in the wake of the Nigerian Civil War in 1969.
Channels TV reports that he explained that there is no bad blood between him and Gowon, adding that he believes there is nothing to forgive him about.
Legit.ng gathered that Soyinka said he communicates with Gowon whenever possible, stressing that the former head of state attended his recent birthday.
The Gowon government had in August 1967 arrested Soyinka and put him in solitary confinement when the Civil War started.
“We communicate whenever possible, he came for my birthday in Abeokuta here. And when he started to apologise – he made a public apology – I said, ‘There is no need for it.
“'The war, for me, is over.’ The ones I find difficult to forgive are those who lied against me. I don’t like liars; I just cannot stand liars.”
Soyinka further explained that Gowon had on various occasions made efforts to meet him so they could talk.
The playwright added:
“He even asked the former ambassador to locate me so that anytime he was passing – I was in Europe and America then – so we could meet and talk. And I said, ‘any time’ but there is really nothing much to talk about.”
He stated that they later met at a conference, adding that during the event, they talked about the Nigerian Civil War.
“We hit it on very well and we joked. The ice was broken and since then, we have been friends.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Gowon reacted to the allegation that he stole half of the country's central bank when he moved to the United Kingdom in exile after his overthrow in July 1975.
It was reported that the former Nigerian leader said that he would not want to speak further on the issue as those who know him well understand that the allegation is not true.
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