Soyinka to FG: Amotekun has come to stay

Tony Okuyeme   Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that the regional security outfit set up by the six states in the South- West geopolitical zone, codenamed “Operation Amotekun,” has come to stay despite opposition by the Federal Government. Soyinka, who declared this yesterday at a press conference in Lagos, described Federal Government’s opposition to the regional security outfit as unpatriotic and inhuman. He, therefore, challenged the Federal Government to go to court on the issue. Governors in the South- West had, at a security summit organised by the…

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‘DSS fascistic, embarrassing Nigeria’ — Soyinka

*Nobel laureate reacts to attack on #FreeSowore protesters Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, says the Department of State Services (DSS) has become increasingly fascistic. The DSS has refused to comply with a court order for Sowore’s release. The agency said it received the court order for his release, but that no one had come to receive him. But it refused to release him still after his lawyers and some civil rights activists came forward. On Tuesday, agents of the service shot at protesters who had gone to the agency’s headquarters to…

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Insecurity: declare state of emergency in the Nigeria – Soyinka

Nobel laurate, Prof Wole Soyinka Thursday asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the country because of the increase in violent crimes especially killings, kidnapping and armed robbery. Soyinka, who was in Akure, the Ondo State capital for the Fagunwa Study Group second International Conference with the theme: “Wole Soyinka, DO Fagunwa and the Yoruba Artistic heritage” expressed concern about the security challenges facing the country. Pointedly, he described the security situation in the country as worrisome and calamitous saying the government must do everything to…

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Buhari congratulates Soyinka at 85

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on his 85th birthday. The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, rejoiced with the literary icon for being one of the country’s greatest prides, and a universal brand. Buhari joined family and friends of the cerebral academic in celebrating the many years of laudable achievements, recognitions, awards, and consistency, all which have cumulated in pride to Nigerians, Africans and the black race. The President saluted Soyinka for his intellectual momentum, interventions…

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Disregard for rule of law, recipe for anarchy – Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, speaks on 21-year remembrance of the late winner of the June 12, 1999 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, and insecurity across the country, among other issues. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports   Twenty-one years after MKO Abiola This occasion (21 years remembrance of MKO Abiola) is remarkable and unique because this is the first gathering after the official recognition of truth. I agree about not placing so much emphasis on the past, but I want us to simultaneously recognise the fact that the past is always reverse.…

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A Democracy Day primer

  This year’s recall of an uplifting day in the year 1993 comes up against a background of its most shameful disavowal: the 2019 elections – still under judicial contestation – an event that would be more accurately described as an exercise in body count rather than ballot count. The elections however merely reflected a pattern of savagery and abandonment of human sensibilities that have eaten away the sheerest sense of community in the nation. I have already described it as the final descent into the abyss of human degradation.…

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Soyinka backs Obasanjo on Boko Haram’s comment

…says FG should focus on message, not messenger   Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has received support from an unlikely quarter: the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; over his recent comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province. Speaking at an event in Lagos organised by the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to commemorate this year’s Africa Day in Lagos yesterday, Soyinka stated that although he frequently criticizes Obasanjo, the former President was largely accurate in his recent description of the current state of affairs in…

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Soyinka, Citizen Forum endorse Moghalu for president

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has endorsed the flag-bearer of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, for the presidential election scheduled for February 16. He noted that the nation had been brought to her knees, adding that the election should not be just about the presidential candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). Soyinka, who is the convener of the Citizens Forum, stated this in a statement on the decision of the forum to endorse Moghalu as the best choice…

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Soyinka: Buhari, Atiku not options for presidency in 2019

Nobel Laureate and human rights activist, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that voting for either President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or his counterpart in the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the February 16 presidential election are not options for Nigerians. The renowned playwright, who expressed concern about the forthcoming elections scheduled to commence on February 16, said the time had come for citizens to chart a new course for Nigeria with their votes. Soyinka, who stated this yesterday, in…

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2019: South plays the restructuring card

One of the most contentious issues in the nation’s political history, restructuring, came to the fore again early this week, when eminent Nigerians from all divides converged on Lagos to deliberate on the issue subject ahead of the 2019 general elections, WALE ELEGBEDE reports   There is no doubt that the call for restructuring of Nigeria is as old as the country itself, but the agitation for it has lately dominated the political space. Like other contentious issues, restructuring has suffered from definition deficiency as it has no consensus definition,…

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