Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka blamed the dire economic situation in Nigeria on the years of bad governance, according to a press release issued from the office of the Minister of Information and Culture.

Wole Soyinka

In order to ameliorate this problem, Professor Soyinka called for the Federal Government to call an “emergency economic conference”.

''Recovery is going to take quite a while...the President should call an emergency economic conference, with experts to be invited. Consumers, producers, labour unions, university experts, professors, etc.

''I think we really need an emergency economic conference, a rescue operation bringing as many heads as possible together to plot the way forward.''

The Nobel laureate made these comments to Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, during a visit to the minister’s Abuja offices on Thursday.

While stressing that the government should maintain its war against corruption, Professor Soyinka also stressed a need to pursue the anti-corruption campaign “within the confines of the law”.

Minister Mohammed expressed gratitude towards Professor Soyinka for his visit and support for the anti-graft war.

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