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Politics Updated: May 02, 2023

My Supporters Have Been Pushed To The Wall — Peter Obi

By Sydney Elike
May 02, 2023
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The Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, has responded to his supporters being called 'fascists' by Wole Soyinka, saying Obidients have been pushed to the wall.

Speaking on Monday in an interview with Arise TV, Obi noted the Nobel Laureate's reputation and added that he has always seen the writer as a father.

The former governor said that he was saddened by Soyinka's comments about Obidients and while stating that they have been pushed said he feels their pain.

“Prof is a well-respected, revered personality in Nigeria and globally.

“And I have always respected him and he is a dear father to me. For me, I was very very sad that there was such an exchange.

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Wole Soyinka

“Some of the ‘Obidients’, I must tell you, or people they mentioned that they are ‘Obidient’ are not entirely people who are with us.

“The opposition has also come into it. We don’t worry about that. But I was very sad there was such an exchange.

“I respect a father, but you have to understand this, these young people are people who have been so deprived by supposedly a system that is supposed to care for them.

“They have been pushed to the wall. Even me, the way they even react when I say things, I could feel their pain.

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“I could feel it because I live in the same system that they are living in.

“When we were young, things were working. All of a sudden, it became a worse situation.

“My own comment on that is that Prof remains a revered father, and I have kept respecting him for that.

“And of course the young ‘Obidients’ I feel for them, I wish you can feel what they are feeling, the pain.

“There is nothing the society is offering them, even when they try to do it on their own.

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“This is a place you move around with a laptop, you will be arrested and labelled all sorts of names.

“This is a place where people are thrown into jail for even making comments when people who have stolen billions of the country’s money, done worst things are moving around and celebrated.”

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Sydney Elike

Sydney is a graduate of Theatre Arts, a writer, a movie buff, an avid reader, a video game enthusias...

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