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Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by ablejesus26(m): 7:30am On Jul 18, 2023
Celebrating his 89th birthday, renowned Nigerian playwright and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, made three demands of the Federal Government.

He called for the reopening of unresolved cases of religious killings, the imposition of visa bans on those promoting religious violence, and the creation of a public holiday for traditionalists.

Soyinka’s appeal was motivated by the tragic case of Deborah Samuel, a second-year student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, who was brutally killed on May 12, 2022, following allegations of blasphemy.

The incident, captured on video, showed Deborah being stoned and beaten by a mob on the school premises before being set ablaze.

The shocking incident sparked widespread outrage and condemnation across the country. Two suspects were subsequently arrested by the Sokoto police command, but as of August 2022, they remained at large.

Expressing his dismay at the lack of progress in the case, Soyinka condemned the failure of the police to arrest the suspects and ensure justice.

He called for all case files related to extrajudicial killings based on religious intolerance to be reopened, regardless of whether they involved alleged insults towards religious figures.

Soyinka urged the international community to impose visa bans on individuals fueling religious violence in Nigeria.

Soyinka emphasized his demands during his birthday celebrations, stating, “I have three requests to make from all of us who are here, in fact, demands, on behalf of humanity.

One, all the case files must be opened on all those who have been killed as a result of intolerance. The files should be reopened and all those who were killed extrajudicially in the name of religion.”

Additionally, Soyinka called on the federal and state governments to designate a public holiday for traditionalists, similar to the holidays enjoyed by Christians and Muslims.

He emphasized the need for equal recognition and respect for traditional religions in Nigeria. Soyinka asserted, “Three, it is high time we demanded, on behalf of traditional religions, an annual holiday like Islam and Christianity.

We’ve had enough of being second-class citizens in this nation. So, equal time, equal space, we demand public holidays. We demand it from federal, state, and local governments. We want an annual public holiday.”
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by Optional09: 7:39am On Jul 18, 2023
way to go
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by seunlayi(m): 7:40am On Jul 18, 2023
I am a Christian and I will support this. Trado has its place. No cheating please
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by seunlayi(m): 7:42am On Jul 18, 2023
Optional09:
way to go
Yes bro. It will even help Christian and Muslim evangelically
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by Zooposki(f): 7:43am On Jul 18, 2023
seunlayi:

Yes bro. It will even help Christian and Muslim evangelically

Yes, Christianity and Islam are the biggest idol religions right now (Worshippers of Wood (Christianity) and Worshippers of Stone (Islam).
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by Optional09: 7:49am On Jul 18, 2023
seunlayi:

Yes bro. It will even help Christian and Muslim evangelically

Honestly, i don’t see a reason why Africans should celebrate everything foreign and drop theirs in trash. While everything that’s seen is foreign is a refine of the original which you dropped in the trash.

Our culture and religion is a raw material to christianity and Islam.

it’s like taking crude from Africa and refining it in Europe then come back with Petrol and say that’s all their is. Cmon
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by SmartPolician: 7:52am On Jul 18, 2023
Hate him or love him, I have yet to see a popular Nigerian who stands for fairness, equity and justice like Professor Wole Soyinka.
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by BigBlackPreek(m): 7:59am On Jul 18, 2023
Professor Wole The Man!
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by Gondonu: 8:01am On Jul 18, 2023
Well, the traditional believers or worshipers are entitle to their beliefs but does the Nigerian constitution allows for traditional religion?
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by VOsimhen144(m): 8:08am On Jul 18, 2023
What of people like us who are Atheist, don’t we deserve public holiday too?
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by bjdon: 8:15am On Jul 18, 2023
Ogun, Olokun , Sango, all very old religoins, its totally right and proper that they are celebrated, howeer it should not be at the FG level. Indivdual states where these trado religons are practiced can and should declare holidays as they see fit. As an Edo man, that means we go get holiday tire! smiley
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by OriOko88(m): 8:46am On Jul 18, 2023
Tinubu will declare national public holiday for traditionalists in August. Live and let's live! Let there be a level Playing ground for all religions in Nigeria.
Re: Soyinka Seeks Public Holiday For Traditionalists, Requests Reopening Of Deborah. by OriOko88(m): 8:47am On Jul 18, 2023
Gondonu:
Well, the traditional believers or worshipers are entitle to their beliefs but does the Nigerian constitution allows for traditional religion?
What are u saying?? Nigeria is a secular state. It doesn't recognize any particular religion according to the constitution u just quoted.

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