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The Challenge of Choice in Nigeria

Chidi Obineche| Daily Sun   in  ·
February 10, 2015

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soy­inka has cried out loud over difficulties in making a choice between Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party, PDP, and General Muhammadu Buhari RETD, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and has therefore urged the electorate “not to simplify the chal­lenge.” According to him , the reasons for the new challenge are not far­fetched: “They are firmly lodged in the trauma of memory and the raw­ness of the current reali­ties”

In a statement released yesterday, entitled “The chal­lenge of change, the burden of choice”, Soyinka sought to refresh the memories of Nigerians to the current dilemma and carve a safe passage for making choices ahead the presidential elec­tions. He urged the partisans to exercise self restraint in as­sessments and expectations. He said;” Facts remain facts and should never be tam­pered with. Verification is nearly always available from records and the testimonies of witnesses.” He said , he was obligated to correct such tendencies in the inter­est of truth. “Embarrassing though it is, we are obliged to correct all such tendencies openly, since revisionism is a travesty of history and never more treacherously so, than in a time of critical demo­cratic choices.”

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