Soyinka Asks FG to Declare State of Emergency on Insecurity

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*As Buhari blames insecurity, corruption on poor investment in education
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Thursday called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on insecurity in the country.
Describing the security problem in Nigeria as calamitous, Soyinka told newsmen in Ondo that insecurity has been ravaging Nigeria for a long time now.
Speaking on the occasion of the Fagunwa Study Group 2nd international conference with the theme: ‘Wole Soyinka, D. O. Fagunwa and the Yoruba Artistic Heritage,’ the noble laureate said there was the need to face the security challenges headlong.
According to him, the type of kidnapping and other manner of killings have made life clearly unsafe for Nigerians.
He said, “There should be a declaration of security emergency throughout the land, and measures taken accordingly.
“There are many directions of security lapses, especially in Ondo State; it is a calamity throughout the country, so there is an emergency.”
However President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday blamed the security crisis and corruption in the country on decades of poor investment in education and healthcare.
He said this when he received Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state at the State House, Abuja.
Responding to the request of the governor to convert the Federal Medical Centre in Adamawa to a teaching hospital, Buhari said “I am pleased to hear your remarks, specifically focused on issues around education and health. These areas remain priorities for this government, especially as we strive to achieve social inclusion and collective prosperity for all Nigerians.
“Many of the issues confronting our country today, especially in the areas of insecurity and corruption, are directly or indirectly linked to the decade of under investment in education and healthcare
“At the federal level, we are doing our best to address these issues. But the federal government cannot do it alone. We need the state and local governments to do their part. This is not about politics, it is the reality”.

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