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Niger-Delta: Soyinka threatens to withdraw from talks

 By Okey Ndiribe, Olasunkanmi Akoni  & James

LAGOS— NOBEL Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday, issued an ultimatum to both the Federal Government and Movement  for  the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, to resume negotiations for the purpose of finding a lasting solution to the crisis  in the Niger Delta before the end of August.

He said he would withdraw from the process as an observer appointed by MEND after that period.

Soyinka who issued the ultimatum while speaking at a lecture organised by the National Association of Seadogs to mark his 76th birthday, said: “It appears that both parties involved in the negotiation are foot-dragging over continuation of the talks. I am impatient to continue participating in a process that is not making progress.”

On his political party

He said his party, the Democratic Front for Peoples Federation, DFPF, which was earlier denied registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had eventually been registered adding that its convention had been fixed for September 25 in Lagos.

Soyinka added that the party would accommodate progressive Nigerians who couldn’t identify with any of the existing political parties in the country.


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