The senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu has called on Nigerians to disregard Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka’s reservations on the lockdown enforced in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states.
Shehu said Soyinka’s qualifications does not qualify him as a professional on the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“Yesterday, the esteemed Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka made comments on the legal status and description of 14-day lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari,” Shehu wrote in a statement.
“Professor Soyinka is not a medical professor. His qualifications are in English literature, and his prizes are for writing books and plays for theatres. He is of course entitled to his opinions – but that is exactly all they are: semantics, not science. They cannot – and should not – therefore be judged as professional expertise in this matter in any shape or form.
“Across the world – from parts of the United States and China, to countries including the United Kingdom and France, government – mandated lockdowns are in place to slow and defeat the spread of coronavirus.
“All have been declared, and all have been made necessary, based on medical and scientific evidence. The guidance of the Nigerian Government’s medical specialists is to advise the same.”
Recall that Professor Wole Soyinka had on monday questioned the legality if the President had the right to order a lockdown.