FOLLOWING a video clip circulating on several social media platforms of a group dancing and singing in red and white costume, purportedly members of the Pyrates Confraternity, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has issued a statement, dissociating himself from the group.
The statement, titled: Interim Statement On A Dubious Political Outing, which he made available to the media read: “My attention has been drawn to a video clip making internet rounds, of a dancing and chanting group, in red and white costume, purportedly members of the Pyrates Confraternity. The display acidly targets a presidential candidate in the awaited 2023 elections.
“Since the whole world knows of my connection with that fraternity, it is essential that I state in clear, unambiguous terms, that I am not involved in that public performance, nor in any way associated with the sentiments expressed in the songs.
“Like any other civic group, the Pyrates Confraternity is entitled to its freedom of expression, individually or collectively. So also is Wole Soyinka in his own person. I do not interfere in, nor do I attempt dictate the partisan political choices of the Confraternity.
“I remain unaware that the association ever engages in a collective statement of sponsorship or repudiation of any candidate. This is clearly a new and bizarre development, fraught with unpredictable consequences.
“In addition, let me make the following cultural affirmation. I have listened to the lyrics of the chant intently and I am frankly appalled. I find it distasteful”, he stated.
Take distribution of insecticide treated nets serious – Mrs Soludo urges ndi Anambra
As the ongoing mass distribution of insecticide treated nets across Anambra State continues, wife of the governor of Anambra State, Nonye Soludo has called ndi Anambra, especially women, to take active part in the exercise to ensure elimination of malaria.
Making the call in an address to mark the kick-off of the exercise, which began on Sunday, Mrs. Soludo noted that it is important for all Anambra homes to see the ongoing exercise as a paramount step to the eradication of malaria and disease war that her husband’s administration is championing.
She urged every home to take active part in the exercise by being available to receive the nets, and give the net distributors, who would be going from home to home the necessary support to make their jobs easier.
She also asked mothers, community and religious leaders to also get involved in the programme, by spreading the message down to the grassroots and making sure that each home under their supervisions receives the nets.