Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has decried the spread of fake in Nigeria and around the world, warning that it “may cause World War 3.”
The professor emeritus of Literature said this at a symposium organised by the British broadcasting company, BBC News, and entitled: ‘Countering Fake News’, in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Soyinka, who is a panelist at the event, a Nigerian may be the person to start such war at the rate of proliferation of false news in the country.
“I’ve said this before that fake news may cause World War 3 and the fake news will be started by a Nigerian,” he said.
Soyinka also narrated how he became a victim of fake news during the 2015 general elections, stating that numerous fictitious statements were attributed to him.
He said: “During the last Presidential election I was quoted as saying that it serves President Jonathan right for marrying an illiterate.
“Sometimes some people quote me as saying if you vote for a particular candidate, your mother is a goat or your father is a gorilla.”
The Nobel laureate also said he saw his obituary on social media at various times, thereby forcing several people to inundate his phone with calls and text messages to confirm the news.