Prof. Soyinka Says Nigeria Will Need International Mediators To Resolve The Niger Delta Crisis


Prof. Wole Soyinka has said that the Nigerian Government will have to employ the services of international mediators  to resolve lingering crisis in the Niger Delta region.

The Niger Delta Avengers and other militants in recent time have bombed oil installations in the Niger Delta, thus, crippling the economy of the nation.

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Prof. Soyinka, who spoke at Westminster, London during the launch of two major African literature told the audience that all hope was not lost in Africa notwithstanding challenges of nation-building and difficult economic situations, some of which led to violence in the continent.

The Nobel laureate said the current violence in the Niger Delta region and the blowing up of oil installation by some militants was an example of such economic frustration and a feeling of inequality among people who suffered most from the effect of extractive economies

Prof. Soyinka disclosed that an international observatory post of which he would be involved had held preliminary discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the militants to resolve the crisis in the region.

He further said consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; some members of the British Parliament, the Asantehene, Osei Tutu II would be pursued as an international mediation effort to help bring peace to the afflicted region.

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Speaking at the event, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II expressed an optimistic view of Africa’s ability to overcome obstacles that lead to better democratic outcomes and engineer economic transformation of the continent.

He said democratic change of governments through “constitutional means of which election is the means and not the end, has created a big space for peace and security of nations.”

Osei Tutu told who spoke on the topic: “Africa’s Democratic Path and the Search for Economic Transformation,” explained that stability and planning for development predicated by 16 presidential and parliamentary elections in Africa alone this year was an encouraging step of consolidating peace.

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