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N82m Dinner: I was used as conduit to loot treasury – Soyinka

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I wasn’t vouchsafed with any pecuniary advancement or benefaction that would worth that amount. 

Host and guest

When I learnt of the scandalous accusation of a dinner worth N82 million Naira in my honour, I thought it was one of those accusations from politicians to lug me, into murky political waters. 

But having received an instrument from the Rivers state government to corroborate its stance, I’m even more saddened, and would like to posit, that I was only treated to a dinner, by the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi administration. 

And I ingested only foods and drinks, and afterwards retired to the Rivers state government guest house, where I laid my head, and flew back to Lagos the next day. 

I wasn’t vouchsafed with any pecuniary advancement or benefaction that would worth that amount. 

I still would not want to probe into the catering and logistical implications of that dinner in my honour. 

However, my cogitation navigates, to what I will refer to as, corruption backed up by the absence of a public procurement act, by that government. 

It’s either I was used as conduit to loot the treasury of Rivers State by that government or some contractors were not sincere. “

Prof Wole Soyinka


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