Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka on Saturday vowed to “draw blood” with his new book, InterInventions.
Soyinka said the book would be his “vengeance” against “unprovoked assault of public lies” directed against him.
Speaking at formal inauguration of The Wole Soyinka Foundation, the professor described InterInventions as “the nastiest book” he has ever written.
The book, InterInventions: Between Defective Memory and Public Lie, A Personal Odyssey in the Republic of Liars, was presented to the public at the June 12 Cultural Centre Kuto, Abeokuta by the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiohmole.
Soyinka explained that the 130-page book is, “So truthful that it hurts” and recommended it to people who “feel vengeful” towards purveyors of public lies because of its expected therapeutic value.
“(InterInventions), it is the nastiest book I have ever written. It is so truthful that it hurts”¦ it is my vengeance against public lies. It is not one of the butterfly books. No, it is not a butterfly book.
“I want to draw blood (with it). I’m warning all of you, if you feel vengeful, read this book and you will be alright. It is like homeopathic medicine.”
The academic giant also expressed sadness that public lies have become an industry of sort, multiplying itself and worsened by the social media facilitating the predisposition for lies.
Soyinka said, “There is the need for a ritual of public purgation where both sides ”“ such victims of lies and the traducers, are brought together before the public tribunal for the world to know the truth.”
While giving insight into alleged lies peddled against him by some persons alongside past leaders which included former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Soyinka said, “It was a great fun (for him, Soyinka) to watch him (Daniel) lie his head off.
“I would have gone insane if I had not found a serene place to hide myself while doing my creative work.”
In his remark, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, described Soyinka as a great and relentless fighter, with a further position that Nigeria needs social warriors who speak the truth without giving a hoot whose ox is gored.