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Soyinka condemns June 12 celebration

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NOBEL Laurette winner,  Oluwole Soyinka has shown indifference in the June 12 day celebration  recently tagged, ‘Democracy Day’, saying he will not participate in the celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day.

Soyinka who made this known  to newsmen through the cable network on Tuesday, noted that the 2019 general elections were unfair and unjust hence, subjecting the electorates to another tenure of suffering and dehumanisation.

“This year recalls an uplifting day in the year 1993 which 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,” he said.

According to him, Democracy day should be a day to celebrate a free and hopeful society, “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.”

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that June 12 will be celebrated as the new Democracy Day. Following events that unveiled in this new electoral year, the president on Monday, June 10, signed the Public Holiday Amendment Bill into law. The new law, according to the president’s senior special assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, allows public holiday to be declared on June 12 every year, while May 29 is to be a handing-over date and working day.

“By the act amended and signed by Mr President, May 29 is no more a public holiday. June 12 is now a public holiday and the country’s Democracy Day,” Enang explained.

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