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    ‘Amotekun’ has come to stay, Soyinka tackles FG

‘Amotekun’ has come to stay, Soyinka tackles FG

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says "Amotekun", the regional security outfit in the south-west, has come to stay.Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had described the outfit as illegal, saying security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government.But at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Soyinka expressed shock that the federal government could take such a position."Our responsibility as [...]

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    Soyinka on insecurity: I had given up on south-west governors until launch of ‘Amotekun’

Soyinka on insecurity: I had given up on south-west governors until launch of ‘Amotekun’

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has described the south-west regional security outfit as an unexpected New Year present.On Thursday, governors of the south-west states launched Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), in Ibadan, Oyo state.The six state governors had constituted the outfit to tackle challenges of insecurity, including kidnapping and banditry in the region.Speaking in Lagos at an event to [...]

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    I’m a victim of fake news but I don’t support hate speech bill, says Soyinka

I’m a victim of fake news but I don’t support hate speech bill, says Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the hate speech bill will limit free speech.Soyinka said this on Monday while speaking at a summit to mark the United Nations International Anti- Corruption Day in Abuja.The professor said the proposed law will curtail the possibility of having an open society and put Nigerians "in a slave plantation".He said he would not support the [...]

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    Isine Ibanga wins Wole Soyinka investigative journalist of the year award

Isine Ibanga wins Wole Soyinka investigative journalist of the year award

Isine Ibanga, a correspondent with The Next Edition, an online newspaper, has won the 2019 Wole Soyinka investigative journalist award.The award was conferred on Ibanga at the 14th edition of the Wole Soyinka award for investigative reporting on Monday in Lagos.His report, "INVESTIGATION: How bribe taking security operatives, gangs force Nigerians to pay dearly for food", also won the online [...]

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    President-General Buhari should control his wild dogs, says Soyinka on DSS’ rearrest of  Sowore

President-General Buhari should control his wild dogs, says Soyinka on DSS’ rearrest of Sowore

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has described the Department of State Services (DSS) as a pack of "wild dogs of disobedience".In a statement on Friday, Soyinka described the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow movement, as a degradation of the judiciary.On Friday, operatives of the DSS rearrested Sowore and Olawale Bakare at the federal high court in Abuja less than [...]

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    I concluded cancer treatment five years ago, says Soyinka

I concluded cancer treatment five years ago, says Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says he has successfully concluded his cancer treatment.The literary icon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 when he went for a routine checkup.In an interview with BBC,Soyinka had recounted his journey battling the disease, which was discovered in its early stage.Many had reacted to the reports on the scholar's experience with cancer.But in s statement [...]

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    Soyinka: How my wife reacted when I was diagnosed with cancer

Soyinka: How my wife reacted when I was diagnosed with cancer

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says his journey battling cancer has been uncomfortable but easy. The literary icon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 when he went for a routine checkup.Speaking to BBC, Soyinka said the disease was discovered in its early stage so it was easy to control and treat.He said he "wasn't going to be a very good patient" [...]

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    ‘Is it now cool to kill?’ — Soyinka writes n’assembly over ‘hate speech’ bill

‘Is it now cool to kill?’ — Soyinka writes n’assembly over ‘hate speech’ bill

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the national assembly is attempting to silence the voice of criticism with the introduction of the bill on hate speech.A week after the senate introduced a bill to regulate social media, the senate reintroduced another bill seeking to establish a commission for the prohibition hate speech in the country.The bill prescribed death by hanging for [...]

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    ‘DSS fascistic, embarrassing Nigeria’ — Soyinka reacts to attack on #FreeSowore protesters

‘DSS fascistic, embarrassing Nigeria’ — Soyinka reacts to attack on #FreeSowore protesters

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, says the Department of State Services(DSS) has become increasingly fascistic. The DSS has refused to comply with a court order for Sowore's release.The agency said it received the court order for his release, but that no one had come to receive him.But it refused to release him still after his lawyers and some civil rights activists came [...]

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    Education in Nigeria is in serious trouble, says Soyinka

Education in Nigeria is in serious trouble, says Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says Nigeria's education system is in serious trouble.Speaking during the presentation of a play entitled, 'Folly of Men', on Sunday, at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the renowned writer described the country's education as horrifying.The play was an adaptation of three plays from Soyinka's 'Trial of Brother Jero', Femi Osofisan’s 'No More the Wasted Breed', and [...]

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    ‘Buhari’s govt has attained unprecedented paranoia’ — Soyinka on charges against Sowore 

‘Buhari’s govt has attained unprecedented paranoia’ — Soyinka on charges against Sowore 

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has attained an unprecedented level of paranoia.  Soyinka said this while reacting to the government’s charge against Omoyele Sowore, who is accused of treason and of insulting the president. In a statement issued on Saturday, the professor said at first he did not believe the report of the charges to be true. “This [...]

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    Police seal off Lagos venue where Soyinka is to speak on insecurity

Police seal off Lagos venue where Soyinka is to speak on insecurity

The police have sealed off the venue of a symposium where Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, and other speakers where to address the state of insecurity in the country.The programme organised by a group known as Coalition for Revolution (CORE) was billed to hold at 46, Ibijoke street, Oluyole bus-stop, Oregun, Lagos.Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, Affiong Affiong, a lawyer, and Femi Aborishade, [...]

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    Insecurity: Soyinka calls for state of emergency in south-west

Insecurity: Soyinka calls for state of emergency in south-west

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says a state of emergency should be declared in the south-west over insecurity in the region.Soyinka said this on Thursday while speaking with journalists in Akure, Ondo state.He said there were many directions of security lapses, adding that measures should be taken accordingly."As regard the insecurity in the south-west, there is an emergency. There should be [...]

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    Nigeria back to Abacha days, says Soyinka on Sowore’s arrest

Nigeria back to Abacha days, says Soyinka on Sowore’s arrest

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has described the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), as a replay of the style deployed by Sani Abacha, late dictator and head of state.Sowore, who has been spearheading calls for a “protest against bad governance”, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) at his Lagos [...]

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    Soyinka: Buhari can’t handle Nigeria’s problems

Soyinka: Buhari can’t handle Nigeria’s problems

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the problems confronting Nigeria are beyond President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. Soyinka spoke when he played host to some students who paid him a visit on his 85th birthday.The literary icon said while state governments differ in success rates, "central government has failed".He called on the federal government to shun partisanship and focus on delivering good governance to [...]

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    ‘One of Nigeria’s greatest prides’ — Buhari hails Soyinka at 85 

‘One of Nigeria’s greatest prides’ — Buhari hails Soyinka at 85 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate who clocked 85 on Saturday. In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, his spokesman, Buhari described the octogenarian as someone who lives his life for others. “President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 85th birthday, July 13, 2019, rejoicing with the literary [...]

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