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The Presidency has enjoined Nigerians to trust information coming from scientists and medical specialists as regard issues concerning virus diseases, instead of listening to Professors of Literary writings.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, gave the advice while reacting to comments made by Prof. Wole Soyinka, on legal status of 14-day lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.

The presidential aide advised Soyinka to write a play on the coronavirus pandemic, after this emergency is over, rather than attacking measures put in place to tackle the spread of the deadly disease.

”In the meantime, we ask the people of Nigeria to trust the words of our doctors and scientists – and not fiction writers – at this time of national crisis.”

Some Nigerians have reacted by reminding the nobel laureate how he previously insulted the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan by calling her a “Shepopotamus.”


Nigeria currently has 174 confirmed coronavirus cases with 2 deaths and 9 recoveries with speculations that the country is grossly under testing.

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