Monday, September 26, 2022

‘Someone Has Stolen My Identity’- Wole Soyinka Cries Out

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With all the fuss about cloning and identity theft going on in the country, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has come out to share his struggles with the issue. According to him, a Nigerian who lives in Polland is running a Facebook page in his name without his permission. This was made known at the worldwide Reading for Freedom of the Press and in memory of Jamal Khashoggi on the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, the famous author expressed his plight by saying; “The principle is there but one item isn’t clear is the issue of identity. And I will have to suggest that everyone should not have his identity stolen and it is a real issue for humanity and integrity of communication.
Recently, we have a situation in Nigeria, and that is the issue of cloning President Muhammadu Buhari. We have people who have taken that issue seriously. These were people that one can never believe to accept such, considering their level of intelligence.
And when Buhari went to Poland, I said what a coincidence, because I hope while he was there, he would be able to sort out his identity and there would be a report on the return of his identity. Poland appears to be the center for Nigerian settlers of stolen identity, This is beyond fake news because we are talking about individual identity stolen. I was in Croatia before Buhari left Nigeria for Poland. While in that country, I was tempted to leave for Poland to have a word with a Nigerian whose address is in Poland and has been running Facebook in my name in Poland. I have spoken to a Croatian agency and Facebook about him. Even Facebook appears powerless to take down the page because it was already verified. I have written to him to pull down the page but he refused, claiming that he has authority to do that. And in my name, this fellow sells and buys things, I have his bio-data and that is why I want to tell everyone here to ask him to bring down that page. This is a very dangerous situation and that is why Facebook doesn’t want to admit publicly. If we must fight for freedom of expression, we must fight for the correct attribution of expression. So, I am giving him one week to bring down that page voluntarily or else, I will express my freedom of expression,” Photo Credit: Getty

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