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Respond Positively To Niger Delta Militants – Soyinka Tells FG

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Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Thursday admitted that he had been listed by militant group, Niger Delta Avengers to intervene in the dialogue between the group and the federal government.

He said this in Lagos while appealing to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to “respond positively” to the outrage of the people of the region.

He said, “I wish to make an appeal publicly to the government, and please report me accurately, to respond positively to the outrage from the militant groups.

“That is the request which has been made by some of the groups who got me into this interventionist role in the first place. At the moment they feel that the government of President Buhari is not seriously responding to their own outrage. And I wish to make a personal appeal to the government to respond positively and let us see where it ends us.

“But I’m not part of any international group, I was approached personally and I’ve been responding personally to some of these groups just as I did when President Jonathan was in power and MEND was the umbrella group of the insurgents.

“So I make that appeal once more to the government, please respond to the efforts of these militant groups to arrive at a holistic and comprehensive solution.

Apparently afraid of being wrongly quoted, he said, “Please don’t attribute to me things I never said.”

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