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.”