- Prof Wole Soyinka has stated that he won’t participate in the June 12 Democracy Day celebration
- Soyinka noted that the 2019 Democracy Day celebration comes against the background of a most shameful 2019 elections
- According to Soyinka, his non-participation in the June 12 exercise is by choice
Foremost playwright and Nobel Prize winner, Prof Wole Soyinka, has stated that he won’t participate in the June 12 Democracy Day celebrations.
Soyinka condemned the conduct of the 2019 elections in an essay made available to newsmen, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the playwright said “This year’s recall of an uplifting day in the year 1993 comes up against a background of its most shameful disavowal: the 2019 elections – still under judicial contestation – an event that would be more accurately described as an exercise in body count rather than ballot count.
“The elections however merely reflected a pattern of savagery and abandonment of human sensibilities that have eaten away the sheerest sense of community in the nation.
“I have already described it as the final descent into the abyss of human degradation. The recent call – no matter how suspect the motivation –for what amounts to a national discourse on future directions was nothing new.
“A day dedicated to democracy – as a compelling morality of social existence – is merely frivolous unless directed at the recognition of the telling, prevailing features of the last exercise, which throw in question the free, hopefully educated exertion of human choice.”
According to Soyinka, his non-participation in the June 12 exercise is by choice.
He said: “I shall not participate in this year’s June 12 celebrations – from choice. It is part of my training exercises for withdrawing from public space, 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 tribute and defiance that has been unflaggingly observed till now.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were noticeably absent for the 2019 Democracy Day celebration which held at the Eagles Square in Abuja.
A former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, was also not present at the event.
Former presidents and heads of state were scheduled to arrive at the venue by 9:35am on Wednesday, June 12.
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