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Soyinka’s visit, great inspiration – Shekarau

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

Kano -  Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State  has described the recent visit of the renowned scholar, Professor Wole Soyinka, to the state as a great inspiration to him and the state government.

According to a statement from the Director of Press to the governor, Sule Ya’u Sule, the governor while receiving the Nobel Laureate, said politically, Kano has been known to be consistent and focussed, assuring that he will do his best to sustain the spirit toward the growth of democracy in the country.

He described the visit as historic, stating that the visit was to identify with the state government.

Earlier, Prof. Soyinka lauded the governor for his consistency, saying his visit was to encourage him and described him as “the last man standing.”

Soyinka said the country was at a risk of being turned to a one party state.

Soyinka further lamented that the electoral process among other democratic imperatives in the country were being desecrated.

Shekarau in his response said the desired changes in the electoral process in Nigeria would not come without sacrifice and commitment by elder statesmen like Soyinka who say things the way they should be said regardless of who is concerned.

He said it is painful when nations who came up democratically much later than Nigeria are adjudged to be holding free, fair and credible elections saying the people must contribute collectively toward making the country a better place for all.


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