Soyinka, Ojukwu, at Achebe Colloquium: Anambra 2010 crucial for success of 2011 polls

Saturday, December 12, 2009 8:41 PM
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Wao, these great people were speaking to an audience of Anambra people in Rhode Island, USA, right? What a sad situation? Who in Rhode Island cares about Anambra State election?

They had to come to US to speak about a state election? Oh, I forgot, Anambra state election is so important to US and to the world?

When will Nigerians learn to speak to Nigerians on issues that affect Nigerians? When was the last time any of them ...any Nigerian leader for that matter... spoke to Nigerians?

What did they tell Anambra people who gathered at Washington DC recently about Anambra?

I wonder where their next stop will be.

Joe Udeaja





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NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; celebrated author, Prof. Chinua Achebe and former warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, have said that the 2010 Anambra State gubernatorial election would be a test case for the 2011 general elections in Nigeria.
They called on Nigerians to stand against the Anambra election being manipulated in any manner.

The trio spoke, yesterday, at the International Conference on Africa organised under the auspices of the Chinua Achebe Colloguium at Brown University held at Westin Hotel, Province, Rhode Island, US.

In his keynote speech at the occasion, Governor Peter Obi, who was also one of the panelists alongside Achebe, Soyinka, Ojukwu, eulogized Achebe for standing against evil in the state as he demonstrated by the rejection of a national honour during Obasanjo era.
Calling for vigilance and the efforts of all stakeholders to prevent manipulation of the Anambra 2010 election, the governor lamented that the people Achebe described as "'a small clique of renegades' and their beneficiaries are still the frontline politicians of some of our political parties campaigning for the election."

In spite of the fact that their actions in the past led to the complete destruction of the State, with assets worth over 30 billion Naira destroyed, no public remorse has been demonstrated. They have neither curtailed their lawlessness nor do they appear prepared to do so," he added.

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