Amosun urges youth to emulate Soyinka

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By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has urged students and youths across the country to emulate the life of heroes like Professor Wole Soyinka in order to be useful to themselves and the nation.
He gave this advise while addressing students who participated in this years’ edition of the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange program held at the Obas’ Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday, to mark Soyinka’s 82 birth day.
Governor Amosun advised them to never give up on Nigeria in spite of the many challenges facing the nation.
Encouraging the 82 secondary school students who participated in the Wole Soyinka Essay Competition titled, “Challenges or Not, You Must Love Your Country,”  Amosun said, “just like Professor Soyinka is doing, youth must continue to show love and support for the country irrespective of the challenges facing the nation.”
Responding during the event, Professor Soyinka called on all stakeholders across the nation to join hands in the fight against corruption and other related practices saying it is a battle for everybody.
The respected scholar said 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.
Soyinka while speaking on the theme of the event which is “Corruption: A battle for the Arts,” enjoined creative writers and artiste to use their work to fight corruption.
While suggesting a way out of the corruption menace which, he said, has eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation, Prof. Soyinka said, “anybody caught or found to be guilty should be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of trophies to Miss. Naomi Akinremi of St. Peters College, Olomore, Abeokuta; Miss. Adedoyin Sotonwa of Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne and Friday Zacheaus of Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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