Â By Okey Ndiribe, Olasunkanmi AkoniÂ & James
LAGOSâ€” NOBEL Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday, issued an ultimatum to both the Federal Government and MovementÂ forÂ the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, to resume negotiations for the purpose of finding a lasting solution to the crisisÂ 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: â€œIt 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.â€
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 couldnâ€™t identify with any of the existing political parties in the country.