Online Media Outfit, The Cable has issued an apology to Professor Wole Soyinka over a story published about him recently. He was also quoted as saying, “Igbo remained unrepentant and resolute towards their strategic objective of secession at worst; or a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction at best.”
Professor Soyinka was quick to deny the statements attributed to him and issued a statement describing those peddling the rumour as morons who had ulterior motives.
He said his entire lecture, delivered at Harvard University, was recorded on video and anyone who was interested could access it on the Internet.
Professor Soyinka’s Statement: “I have just read a statement attributed to me on something called The Cable, a news outlet, evidently one of the Internet infestations. My lecture at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University, was video recorded. Anyone who believes what I am alleged to have said must be a slowpoke – repeat, a slowpoke. It is demeaning, sickening and boring to have to deal with these cowards who cannot fight their own battles but must fasten their imbecilic pronouncements on others. Only the mentally slow will credit this comment attributed to me regarding the Ndigbo voting pattern in the last elections. I strongly suspect the author of this despicable concoction, and may make a further statement, once the source is verified.” the statement read
Below is The Statement Issued by The Cable.
“The management of Cable Newspaper Ltd, publishers of TheCable, would like to make the following statement concerning our report on the lecture by Professor Wole Soyinka at the Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research.
“Soyinka was quoted to have made derogatory remarks about the Igbo over their voting pattern in the March 28 presidential election.
“He has since denied the offensive quotes attributed to him.
“After an in-house investigation, we have come to the conclusion that the story misrepresented the views expressed by Soyinka in the question-and-answer session after his lecture.
“We take full responsibility for the inaccuracy and promise that we will continue to strive to improve our standards.
“Also, we wish to reiterate that we take our professional responsibilities very seriously, as our readers can attest to.
“We hereby offer an unreserved apology to Soyinka, Ndigbo and our readers. Signed: Management of Cable Newspaper Ltd.”