Respond positively to militants’ demands, Soyinka tells Buhari

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Prof. Soyinka (2nd right) addressing a press conference in Lagos on Thursday.

Prof. Soyinka (2nd right) addressing a press conference in Lagos on Thursday.

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Thursday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to respond positively to the demands of the Niger Delta militant groups.

Soyinka, who spoke at a press conference at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria said the feelings of the militants were that the Buhari government was not seriously responding to their outreach.

He said he was approached personally by the militants and that he had responded personally to some of the militant groups just like he did when the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, was the umbrella body of agitation in the Niger Delta during the reign of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“I want to make an appeal to the government to respond positively to the outreach from the militant groups, that is a request which has been made by some of the groups. At the moment, they feel that the government of President Buhari is not seriously responding to their own outreaches and I wish to make a personal appeal to the government to respond positively and let us see where it ends.

“I was approached personally and I have been responding to some of these groups just like I did when President Goodluck Jonathan was in power and MEND was the umbrella group of the insurgents. I made that appeal to the government to please respond to the efforts of these militant groups to arrive at a holistic and comprehensive solution,” he said.

Soyinka debunked claims that he was part of an international body contracted to resolve the Niger Delta crisis, asking how he could he be part of an international group that did not exist.

“The real reason is that I had a meeting in London, in the House of Lord and the meeting was not …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper