Declare state of emergency on security –Soyinka
By Adekola Afolabi
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka yesterday called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on security in the South-West to arrest the deteriorating security in the region.
Soyinka, who proffered the suggestion in Akure described insecurity in the South-West in particular and other part of the country as worrisome.
He expressed the view at the Fagunwa Study Group Second International Conference held at the International Culture and Event Centre, The Dome in Akure.
Soyinka who had earlier been conducted round some road projects in the state by Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu showered encomium on the Governor for his developmental agenda.
Akeredolu personally drove the Nobel Laureate and conducted him round the projects in company of other members of the state executive council while the people of the area trooped out in their large number to receive the governor and Soyinka with songs and admiration.
At Oba Osupa Road, the people trooped out defying the rain to welcome the governor and his August visitor.
Many of the residents spoke glowingly about the road projects which they said have changed the face of Akure as a provincial capital to a metropolitan community.
Soyinka was also conducted round the state transport pool where government is refurbishing cars.
The obviously elated Soyinka said “the fact shows the light”, explaining that it took him some time to recognise the A’Division/NEPA and NEPA/Olukayode road undergoing dualisation project because of the serious infrastructural transformation that is going in the area.
He congratulated the state for having Akeredolu as governor and equally commended him for his good work.
Soyinka who disclosed that he has been on constant visit to the state in the course of his literary voyage, observed that Akeredolu has changed the face of the state.
The theme of the event is, “Wole Soyinka: Wole Soyinka, D. O Fagunwa, and the Yoruba Artistic Heritage.”
The event brought together top scholars in the art including Jimi Solanke, Tunde Kilani among others.
Speaking at the event, governor Akeredolu, expressed the hope that the security challenges bedevilling the nation is surmountable if all stakeholders of like minds come together to deliberate consciously on it.
Akeredolu charged eminent minds at the conference to use their intellectual capacity to proffer lasting solutions to the series of challenges that the human mind faces in its quest for self reinvention and reclamation.
The governor particularly saluted the efforts and courage of the Nobel Laureate on his 85th birthday and described him as one who has used his literary work to showcase Nigeria and the Yoruba culture.
Earlier, the Convener of the Study Group, Tejumola Olaniyan and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group, Professor Ropo Sekoni, appreciated the state government for supporting the group in its quest to promote the Yoruba heritage and celebrate icons such as Wole Soyinka and the late Fagunwa.