The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said there is a need for stakeholders to quickly attend to the spate of insecurity in the South-Western part of the country.
Speaking with journalists at the Fagunwa Study Group Second International Conference, held in Akure, Ondo State on Thursday at the conference themed, ‘Wole Soyinka: Wole Soyinka, D.O Fagunwa and the Yoruba artistic heritage’, organised to celebrate his 85th birthday, the literary icon and renowned playwright said with regards to the insecurity in the South-West, 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 here, especially in Ondo State, it is a calamity throughout the whole nation. There is an emergency.”
While commending the Ondo State Government for celebrating arts and culture, particularly as the state built an event centre which accommodates arts and cultural events, Soyinka uged all concerned to find lasting solutions to the problem,
Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in his remarks, said Nigerians were being encouraged and motivated by Soyinka’s writings and activities over the several decades of his engaging years.
“This is because they have elevated in our minds, the art of partisan living, as the biggest ideal of social reclamation.
“Indeed, his life at every station has taughhas again expressed t us that to make a meaning of life, a man must set forth at dawn and immerse himself at the epicenter of beliefs, struggles and activities which seek to reclaim society and help it attain its spontaneous fullness of being.” Akeredolu stated.