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WE Can’t Celebrate 50Th Anniversary Of Lagos Until Chibok Girls Return – Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka
Professor Wole Soyinka

The co-chairmen of the committee for the celebration of Lagos state’s 50th anniversary, Professor Wole Soyinka is still grieved with the missing of over 200 female students of the Government Girls Secondarry School, Chibok in Borno state who he said without the celebration would be empty.

Soyinka, who unveiled the logo in Lagos described it as “symbolic to the traditional art and culture and the evolution of the traditional culture which was represented in the text of the logo of Lagos at 50.”

“it’s a sad day, at the same times, one of the reasons I decided we should restrict this as much as possible, virtually and almost exclusively to the children is that, all of us here who have any kind of sensibility, we have a cloud hanging over our heads, and I refer to our children, the Chibok girls who were snatched under our noses and two years after we have absolutely no answer as to that question ‘when will they be back?”

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The the Nobel Laureate added: “what we have is an apprehension of what condition they would be when we eventually find them. It is not pleasant to have to celebrate while that goes on but, what answer do we have? Culture, Arts, creativity, all these form a complex of defiance to those philistines among us who think it is proper to abduct children.” [myad]