Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to convene an emergency economic conference for experts to advise him on the way forward and out of Nigeria’s economic predicament.
Soyinka made the call when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja. He said, “I agree with those who say the economy is bad. It is obvious and it is so bad. I think the Presidency should call an emergency economic conference…
“We really need an emergency economic conference, bringing experts together to march the nation forward. I think the economy is not encouraging. Quite frankly, I think most economists will agree with this.”
He said Nigerian’s shouldn’t expect “a bonanza economy in the next few months to a year. Recovery is going to take time. But at the same time, we have to rely on the objective analysis of experts to tell the government (what to do).”
When asked to rate the performance of Buhari’s administration and its war against corruption, Soyinka said: “What is going on now is an exposure of open robbery. While the government should damn the consequences of its action, with ethical rigour and without minding whose ox is gored.
“Government, for me, is a very complicated matter and there is a lot of debris to be cleared. Maybe, we need to be a little bit more patient to see what the administration will do.”