Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has on Tuesday, criticized those trying to reduce the worth of the significant June 12, 1993, presidential election struggle to ethnic denigration.
The epochal playwright released a statement titled “Democracy Day Primer (1)”, saying that June 12 celebration should not be rubbed in ethnic garb.
Although, Soyinka disclosed that he would not be present at this year’s June 12 celebrations by choice – as a result of his training exercises to withdraw from public space, he however said the commemoration of June 12 is a closure for all who partook in the struggle for Nigeria’s Democracy.
The statement titled read in full: “A resolution that I first half-seriously injected into encounters over five years ago. That absence applies, not to the official celebration alone of which I have never been a part anyway but to the annual ritual by civic groups, a ritual of both tributes and defiance that has been unflaggingly observed till now.