Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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    Soyinka to Buhari: Rulers who tried to annul rule of law paid heavily

Soyinka to Buhari: Rulers who tried to annul rule of law paid heavily

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says those who tried to alter the rule of law paid heavily for this.The literary scholar was responding on Thursday to President Muhammadu Buhari's position that "national security" is superior to the the rule of law.Buhari said this at the 2018 annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja.But Soyinka disagreed, recalling human rights [...]

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    Soyinka accuses Obasanjo of awarding oil blocks in return for sexual gratification

Soyinka accuses Obasanjo of awarding oil blocks in return for sexual gratification

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to swear that he never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification while he presided over the affairs of Nigeria.Soyinka spoke in his Interventions VIII series, titled: ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?’ meaning “Gani’s Unfinished Business,” launched recently in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.He said Obasanjo knows him so well that he does [...]

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    Soyinka to Buhari: You can’t honour Abiola and admire Abacha

Soyinka to Buhari: You can’t honour Abiola and admire Abacha

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent show of “admiration” for Sani Abacha, ex-military head of state.He said Buhari cannot honour MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, while also “praising” Abacha, his (Abiola's) “tormentor”.Abacha jailed Abiola in 1994 after he declared himself president, following the annulment of the 1993 [...]

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    Buhari invites Soyinka, Falana, SDP chieftains to Abiola’s GCFR investiture

Buhari invites Soyinka, Falana, SDP chieftains to Abiola’s GCFR investiture

The presidency has released the list of dignitaries expected at the post-humous investiture of MKO Abiola as the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).Abiola was the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election but the military government of Ibrahim Babangida annulled the results of the election annulled before they were announced officially.Earlier in the week President Muhammadu Buhari announced [...]

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    Kunle Ajibade, renowned journalist, to be honoured at colloquium

Kunle Ajibade, renowned journalist, to be honoured at colloquium

Kunle Ajibade, a renowned journalist and author, who turned 60 on Monday will have his birthday marked with a colloquium led by Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate.The colloquium, organised by his friends, will take place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Wednesday by 10am. It will be followed by an evening of poetry slated for 5:30pm at the Freedom [...]

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    Soyinka: Anti-corruption war won’t be won until some leaders pass through EFCC doors

Soyinka: Anti-corruption war won’t be won until some leaders pass through EFCC doors

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the struggle against corruption will not be won until some of the country's leaders pass through the doors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Soyinka said this on Monday while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Abuja.The professor said the country had been [...]

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    Soyinka to youth: Get involved in politics and stop bothering old people

Soyinka to youth: Get involved in politics and stop bothering old people

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has called on Nigerian youth to mobilise themselves and get representatives in politics.Speaking with journalists after delivering a lecture at the convocation ceremony of the Elizade University, Ondo state, on Thursday, Soyinka asked the youth to be wary of the “failure” of the previous generation.He also advised them against making mistakes of those “pretending” they have [...]

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    Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil

Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil

Professor Wole Soyinka was keynote speaker at the maiden annual lecture of the Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism held in Lagos on March 15. Topic: “Rebuilding Trust in a Divided Nigeria: Can Nigeria be fixed?” The Nobel Laureate did not disappoint. His presentation titled “From Miyetti to Haiti: Notes from a Solidarity Visit” took us on a journey [...]

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    Soyinka: Obasanjo, Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters

Soyinka: Obasanjo, Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters

Wole Soyinka, foremost Nigerian playwright and political activist, says former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters when both men governed Nigeria.While addressing his audience on Thursday at a dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos, the Nobel laureate accused Obasanjo of neglecting the plight of victims of the Ikeja [...]

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    Soyinka to Buhari: Stop shedding unjust tears! Deal with bloodthirsty terrorists

Soyinka to Buhari: Stop shedding unjust tears! Deal with bloodthirsty terrorists

Wole Soyinka, renowned playwright and Nobel laureate, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over his "inability to get justice" for victims of clashes between farmers and herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents.Delivering the keynote paper at a dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos on Thursday, Soyinka said what we need now is justice and not sympathy.He [...]

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    Soyinka: A psychiatrist should examine me if I join Obasanjo’s coalition

Soyinka: A psychiatrist should examine me if I join Obasanjo’s coalition

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says he should be examined by a psychiatrist if he joins the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) masterminded by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.Obasanjo recommended the coalition in a letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari in January.The elder statement had asked Nigerians to rally round the movement, saying neither the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the Peoples [...]

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    Not Bakare, not Fela Durotoye… meet the men who will deny Buhari a 2nd term

Not Bakare, not Fela Durotoye… meet the men who will deny Buhari a 2nd term

I am not a fan of sequels. More often than not, they underperform, they fail to meet the expectations created by the first part. Sequel to novels, a sequel to movies, the sequel even to a political term of office. Hit the ground at best in the first term, and find your way out of office.Nelson Mandela understood this more [...]

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    Soyinka: So many unforced errors… I think Buhari is under a trance

Soyinka: So many unforced errors… I think Buhari is under a trance

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says if he has the opportunity to discuss with President Muhammadu Buhari, he would tell the president that he feels he is under a trance.Soyinka said this at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.The eminent scholar listed the clashes between farmers and herdsmen, reinstatement of Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), among [...]

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    Timi Alaibe equips library named after late wife

Timi Alaibe equips library named after late wife

Timi Alaibe, chairman of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZA), has fully equipped a library in the faculty of management sciences of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt.The university had named a library after Alaere, his late wife.Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Alaibe said through his donation, he was determined to make the library the “best of [...]

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    Army deploys special forces in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa

Army deploys special forces in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa

Amid the disturbing killing in some parts of the country, the Nigerian army has deployed special forces in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states.The presidency announced this in a tweet on Wednesday evening.UPDATE: @HQNigerianArmy has deployed Special Forces To Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States to secure vulnerable communities and prevent further attacks. — Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) January 10, 2018Over 100 people have been [...]

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    ‘Don’t repeat Jonathan’s mistakes’, ‘IPOB didn’t come this far yet declared terrorists’… six things Soyinka told Buhari on herdsmen killings

‘Don’t repeat Jonathan’s mistakes’, ‘IPOB didn’t come this far yet declared terrorists’… six things Soyinka told Buhari on herdsmen killings

Wole Soyinka, Africa's first Nobel laureate, has described the current clash between herdsmen and farmers as history repeating itself.In 2018 alone, over 80 people have been killed across Benue state, with Kaduna also recording deaths from herdsmen crisis.In an article released on Wednesday, the scholar likened the situation to what happened with Boko Haram during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.He called [...]

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