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Wole Soyinka Calls For State of Emergency In The South West Region

Jayfred Ugo

The first African Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called for the prompt declaration of state of emergency in the South West regions due to the high level of insecurity in the area.

He made this assertion on Thursday in Akure during the D.O Fagunwa Study Group International Conference held to celebrate his 85th birthday.

The conference was tagged “Wole Soyinka, DO Fagunwa and the Yoruba Artistic Heritage.”

The professor, who has many internationally acclaimed novels and books, including, ‘The Interpreter’, ‘The Man died: Prison notes to Wole Soyinka’, ‘You must set forth at Dawn’, the ‘Memoir’ and many more to his name stated: "The most appropriate measure to take in view of the insecurity which has pervaded the whole of the South West was to declare a state of emergency across the region."

He added that he expects the governors, especially those in the southwest geo-political zone, to work assiduously toward tackling the menace of insecurity.

Wole Soyinka has openly criticized the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for the illegal detention of the RevolutionNow activist and originator, Omoyele Sowore. He also warned Buhari not to handle national affairs like it is a military regime.

The Nobel Laureate has been impassable in matters that are politically related, but after the unfolding of different insecurity crises and killings in the nation, Soyinka finally offered his voice to the nation.