Soyinka to FG: Declare security emergency in Nigeria now

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The Noble Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has urged the federal government to declare security emergency as part of efforts to fight insecurity across the country.

He stated this on Thursday in Akure, the Ondo State capital during the D. O. Fagunwa study group international conference held at the International Events and Cultural Centre (THE DOME).

Soyinka who described the current security situation as a calamity, he preferred that urgent measures must be deployed towards taming the insecurity.

He said:  “As regards the insecurity in the Southwest, there is an emergency. There should be a declaration of security emergency throughout the land and measures taken accordingly.

“There are many directions of security lapses, you know it is here especially in Ondo State, it is a calamity throughout the whole nation. There is an emergency.”

Earlier, Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State in his speech lauded the initiative of study group, adding that aside its focus on cultural studies, the group has also been able to give solutions to critical issues such as insecurity confronting the country.

He said: “For all that we know, humanity is passing through some of its trying periods. Globally, definition of Peace, Progress, Liberty and Prosperity is interrogating the best of our civilisation today. From leadership crisis which torments the sanest of public organisations to the fearful response of a traumatized followership, the narrative is clear: we must check and recheck the path on which we tread.

“I believe our own experience as a nation have proven to be an atlas of ideas. A body of knowledge that can only improve upon itself when its contradictions are processed and interrogated.  For example, for so long that our country has existed, the ambition of Peace, Progress and Prosperity it promised to achieve is also the greatest challenge it struggles with every day.

“However, my concern is that this need not be. It shouldn’t be, because the key issues of solutions are clear and are before our own very eyes. In our quest as a nation, we allow unreasonable contestations on ethnicism, tribalism, corruption, political and economic ownership of the nation to slow down our pace of self-realisation.

“In Africa, the challenge has moved largely from the legitimacy of governance institutions to its responsiveness to the need for a coordinated plan for Cultural Integration, Economic Development and general Human Capital Development.

“In the farther world, the challenge is a deeper fragmentation of the mind, loneliness and unending cultural crisis of confidence. Today murder, be it in form of pogrom, carnage or infanticide or ethnic cleansing, sectarian occupation are poking their realities into our eyes.

“But we have the capacity to rise and we are going to rise out of the rubble. I believe meetings and chat opportunities like this, apart from being a big canvas for cultural studies, is also an opportunity to deepen critical thinking, evolve a knowledge based strategic problem solving skills and accentuate a clear direction for Human Development.”

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