Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Thursday, called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on security in the country.
Soyinka who stated this in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during the Second International Conference of the Fagunwa Study Group, said the security situation has been a concern to all patriotic Nigerians.
He frowned over the spate of killings, kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen invasion and banditry across the country and said measures to prevent unnecessary killings should be put in place, describing the development as a calamity across the country.
Soyinka said “as regards the insecurity in the south west, there is an emergency. There should be a declaration of security emergency through out the land and measures should be 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.”
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the event with the theme: “Wole Soyinka, D.O Fagunwa and the Yoruba Artistic heritage,” Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, noted that the gathering would afford the group the opportunity to access the nation as a country in search of a solution to its many challenges.
According to him, “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 while the fact remains that a nation without a perfect understanding of its nationhood is a rudderless ship that is bound to capsize.