Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has urged Nigerians to resist National Water Resources Bill, warning that the country would be doomed if National Assembly passes the bill into law.
Soyinka who spoke Monday while presenting 107 copies of several books to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom for onward distribution to persons taking refuge in Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps across the state, commended the Governor for always being on the side of truth.
Represented by the out-gone State Chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Dr Charle Iornumbe, the Nobel Laureate stated that, “the National Water Resources bill is a deliberate, flanking move towards RUGA colonisation.
“It must be resisted across board. No compromising or this nation is doomed since it will be resisted by any and all means.”
While assuring that the book donation would be a continuous process, the Noble Laureate said, “this is my personal immediate donation. The idea is to widen the project and ask for contributions from one’s various contacts.”
He said the donation was in fulfilment of the pledge he made to the state government and IDPs the last time he visited the camps in the state.
Receiving the books, Governor Ortom described Prof. Soyinka as a great Nigerian ho stood up for the state in her time of crisis and pain.
“Prof. Soyinka is a great Nigerian who stood with us during our trying times, despite his age he took time to visit us to give us support and also show solidarity which we cannot forget in a hurry,” Ortom said.
While thanking the Noble Laureate for the donation, the Governor stated that the books would help encourage the children in IDPs camps across the state to embrace reading promising that this Education Commissioner would ensure the distribution of the books to the beneficiaries.