By JAPHET ALAKAM
In view of the raging battle between Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola over the headship of the board of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Osogbo, Osun State, a category II facility under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the nobel laureate Prof Soyinka has called on the President, Gen. Buhari to call Oyinlola to order.
Soyinka, who was appointed Chairman, CBCIU Board by Osun State Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in August 2012, called on the nation’s president, General Buhari, who has unusually elevated the anti-corruption struggle to the very top of his governance agenda… in the absence of a Foreign Minister to intervene – that, as a consequence of activities of this “CBCIU” double, the nation is being dragged into a sleazy situation through the attempted co-option of its foreign missions into logistical support for their global enterprises
Prof Soyinka who addressed the press on the issue at Freedom Park, Lagos stated that he stands on the last amendment to the board by the Osun State House of Assembly, signed into law on the 31st day of July, 2012, which was clearly designed to inject an ethical corrective into the original law.
The nobel laureate said that he based his action on the harmonisation which manifested when the lawmakers of Osun State enacted, in 2012, an amendment to the original CBCIU law that had been signed into law by Governor Oyinlola on 29th December 2008, which was clearly designed to inject an ethical corrective into the original law.. So based on that he stands as the chairman of the board as the July 2012 amendment supersedes the original, and that this Amendment constitutes the current law within under which the CBCIU obtains its validity, until overturned under a new Law enacted by a chamber of equal or superior jurisdiction..”
Citing the document of Assent signed by the House of Assembly which says that no court judgment exists that voids a single provision of this law – including the setting up of a new board – or its entirety. Soyinka said, “It is important that this nation, and the entire world of culture and ethical pursuit understand this. Contrary to whatever has been propagated so assiduously by some parties of interest in various quarters, NO court order exists that prevents the Board that was established under the 2012 Amendment from exercising its rights and responsibilities.
Continuing, Soyinka revealed how he had a private meeting on this issue with the Director-General of UNESCO, Madam Irina Bokova, when she and I attended an event nearly exactly two years ago in Kazakhstan and how the former governor of Osun State, Prince Oyinlola, made forays into UNESCO headquarters, Paris, to protest his removal from a position he had created for himself while governor – and in perpetuity.
Soyinka also revealed how he accommodated Mr. Oyinlola so far as to propose to the governor a Special Board Membership, tasked with responsibility for traditional royal cultures, and how Mr. Oyinlola pursued his legal challenges, but that the Court has not even touched the substance of Prince Oyinlola’s appeal for reinstatement!