Soyinka: All stake­hold­ers’ ef­forts needed to com­bat cor­rup­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

No­bel Lau­re­ate, Prof. Wole Soyinka yes­ter­day said all stake­hold­ers must come to­gether to com­bat cor­rup­tion men­ace in the coun­try, declar­ing that it is a bat­tle for ev­ery­one.

Speak­ing at this years’ edi­tion of the Wole Soyinka In­ter­na­tional Cul­tural Ex­change pro­gram held at the Obas’ Com­plex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State, to mark his 82nd birth­day an­niver­sary, Soyinka as­serted that there was need to re­turn the coun­try to the path of hon­our.

The No­bel Lau­re­ate who was re­spond­ing to se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties that took place, said, “All stake­hold­ers across the na­tion must join hands in the fight against cor­rup­tion and other re­lated prac­tices. This is a bat­tle for every­body. The na­tion must be re­turned to its place of hon­our and dig­nity where any­body found to be cor­rupt in the so­ci­ety should be ashamed to walk freely.”

While speak­ing on this year’s theme, Cor­rup­tion: A bat­tle for the Arts, Soyinka en­joined cre­ative writ­ers and artistes to use their work to fight cor­rup­tion.

In his own ad­dress, the state gov­er­nor, Sen. Ibikunle Amo­sun, urged the youth never to give up on Nige­ria in spite of many chal­lenges.

While en­cour­ag­ing the 82 sec­ondary school stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the Wole Soyinka Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion ti­tled, Chal­lenges or Not, You Must Love Your Coun­try, the gov­er­nor said, “Just like Pro­fes­sor Soyinka is do­ing, you must con­tinue to show love and sup­port for the coun­try ir­re­spec­tive of the chal­lenges fac­ing the na­tion.”

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