Our revered Professor and Nobel Prize winner- the one & only Kongi has had to send out this note, because of what has been tagged- A Dangerous Game of Impersonation!
Apparently some unscrupulous element have been going around allegedly spreading false information in the name of the Professor or attributing the authorship of some write-ups to him.
We have noticed that social media in a way has become a tool for some to spread propaganda, half-truths and even outright lies, we love to plead with everyone to endeavor to send out only the truth and nothing else at a time such as this. MM. Thank you
Once again, taking advantage of a situation of national unrest, some unscrupulous individuals have taken to circulating comments, often of a most distasteful, uncouth and unprincipled nature, in my name.
I wish to inform the public that I do not Tweet, Blog, Facebook etc. etc. My public statements are signed and/or go through authorized channels that the media recognize and can authenticate where in doubt. Any electronic message that purports to emanate from me for general circulation through Mobile phones or Internet should be taken as a complete concoction, in most cases by deranged minds with their private and sick agenda.
I must remind the public that these are not normal times, and that extreme caution and personal responsibility are needed. It is no time to be taken in by spurious propaganda by cowards who cannot speak in their own voices or acknowledge the names given to them at birth or even acquired during their nefarious careers.
Even more than the nausea one feels by being subjected to such identity embezzlement is the danger it poses generally, since it is certain that there are others who are similarly afflicted.
One hopes therefore that the Security services , when called upon to assist in tracking down these felons, will recognise this goes beyond individual clamour and will act promptly, not only in unmasking, but in prosecuting them as befit criminal minds with the capacity for incalculable damage to an already fragile social fabric.
Wole Soyinka (Prof)