Professor Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka on Thursday said that state of emergency should be declared in the south-west over insecurity in the region.

Soyinka, who made this known to journalists in Akure, Ondo State, said there were many directions of security lapses, adding that measures should be taken accordingly.

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He said: “As regard 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,” he said.

“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.”

On his part, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state eulogised Soyinka, saying he has “taught us to make a meaning of life.”

“This is because they have elevated in our minds, the art of partisan living, as the biggest ideal of social reclamation,” the governor said.

“Indeed, his life at every station has taught 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.”