Gist36.com - Nigerian Entertainment, Politics and Breaking News Platform.
My Identity was Stolen on Facebook- Wole Soyinka Laments
Poland seems to be the location for Nigerians stealing identities- Soyinka
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said that his identity was stolen on Facebook and used for business purposes in Poland
This declaration by the award winning writer is coming after Presdient Buhari cleares the air about a clone representing him during his illness.
The Professor said this while addressing a cross section of audience at Freedom Park in an event marking the 70th anniversary of human rights and worldwide reading for press freedom in memory of Jamal Khashoggi, Legit.ng reports.
Soyinka also raised alarm on the need to take the issue of stolen identity with seriousness, adding that Poland seems to be the location for Nigerians stealing identities.
“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.
“When Buhari went to Poland, I said what a coincidence because I hope while he was there, he will be able to sort-out his identity and there will be a report on the return of his identity.
“Poland appears to be the centre for Nigerians settlers with stolen identity,” he said.
The professor added that om discovering his identity was being used, he visited the country and demanded that the page using his identity on Facebook be pulled down.
However, the operator of the business refused, ”claiming that he has authority to do that. In my name, this fellow sells and buys things which I don’t even use.”
Soyinka also complained of rights been abused with the emergence of social media, adding that freedom to press and expression should not be taken with levity and should be guaranteed.
“If we must fight for freedom of expression, we must fight for the correct attribution of expression.
“If the doctrine of freedom of expression was to be reversed, there will be certainly a number of issues to be addressed because expression on social media has taken a quantum leave in the last few years that cannot be imagined,” he said.