Obasanjo’s Presidential Library Built In Abeokuta, Fraudulently Constructed -Wole Soyinka

…Says Its A Moral Eyesore

Nobel laureate and academic giant, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that the Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, built under the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo was constructed with fraud, and that it is nothing but a moral eyesore.

Soyinka made this position known at the 10th memorial lecture of the late human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

The Nobel laureate’s utterance equally formed part of his intervention series on Tuesday (yesterday), Interventions VIII, captioned ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?: Gani’s Unfinished Business’ officially released to the public by Bookcraft.

The renowned professor also described the library as ‘Presidential Laundromat’.


According to Soyinka, “That structure in Abeokuta remains a moral eyesore to those who were in a position to obtain even a glimmering of the proceedings that inflicted such a purulent carbuncle on the landscape of my state, Ogun.

“However, even the grossest evil can be turned to some good. When we were school pupils, one of our illustrated reading texts was one entitled, ‘This is the house that Jack built.’

“Today, and forevermore, generations will point to that thing which I have daubed the Presidential Laundromat and say: This is the house that Fraud built.’’

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