Osun State Government has urged Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka to rescind his decision to resign as the Chairman of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Osogbo.
In aa widely circulated statement, Soyinka said he was tendering his resignation, but the government said in a statement which was personally signed by Gov. Rauf Aregbesola that the Nobel Laureate has to continue to serve in that capacity in the interest of the public and the culture of the people of the state to which Soyinka is passionately committed.
“Yes, Wole Soyinka has resigned but he himself has conceded the fact that the Governor must accept it.
“We cannot accept the resignation even though we hold him in the highest of esteem, because of the responsibilities attached to his chairmanship of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding which is beyond him and even beyond us.
“It has to do with the culture and tradition of our race which we believe that the CBCIU is meant to preserve and promote.
“We call on all people of goodwill to prevail on Prof. Wole Soyinka an international personage of Culture, in the interest of our race, not to go ahead with his decision to resign.”
The government stated that though the former chairman of the Centre had the vision to build the centre in his capacity then as the Governor of the state, he cannot be the chairman of the Centre in perpetuity as stipulated by the Law establishing the Centre.