A former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has reacted to a verbal attack launched against him by Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, over the status of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo, describing Soyinka as ignorant and mischievous.
Oyinlola’s media officer, Mr. Lasisi Lagunju though said on Wednesday that the ex-governor would soon respond officially to the criticism, another aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that Oyinlola was surprised that Soyinka was fighting over a centre, whose creation he opposed in 2008.
He said: “There is a sense in which one can excuse his outburst because it seems he does not understand the mechanism that established the institute.
“That is why, on the board, each of these stakeholders has a representative. The Federal Ministry of Culture is representing the Federal Government. Osun is represented by the state’s Ministry of Culture. Prof. Peter Okebukola is on the board, representing the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta while the late Uli Beier family is also represented. So, how can an individual or a party claim ownership of such a centre?
“But we know that beyond ignorance, Soyinka is also being mischievous. Someone of his status should know the facts. He also ought to know that all he is doing is medicine after death and it ought to be a matter of shame because he opposed the establishment of the CIBU when we were struggling to get UNESCO approval.”