Meeting With Buhari: We Discussed National, International Matters Soyinka Tells Journalists

August 12, 2016, 1:36 am

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka yesterday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari for close to one hour.

When accosted by State House Correspondents, Soyinka said‎ “I didn’t come to see you people."  ‎ When pressed further, he  said, “I came to discuss national and international matters, general matters, that’s all!”

He was accompanied by a former Managing Director of the Daily Times, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi. His meeting with the president was listed as private. Earlier in February, Soyinka‎ had called on Buhari to convene an emergency economic conference for experts to brainstorm on the way forward and future of the economy. 

Speaking while on a courtesy call on the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja,  Soyinka said the conference became necessary to enable experts diagnose the problems currently facing the country and make necessary recommendations for government to get the economy out of the woods. 

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 where experts will be enlightened. 

“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.” 

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