- President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the death of the renowned poet, novelist and playwright, Gabriel Okara, who died at 97 years of age
- The literary icon died on Sunday, March 14, at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state
- Buhari prays Almighty God to grant the soul of the departed writer peaceful repose and comfort everyone mourning him
President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the passage of the renowned poet, novelist and playwright, Gabriel Okara, aged 97.
Legit.ng gathers that the disclosure was made in a statement by the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina.
The statement read: "On behalf of the Federal Executive Council, the President extends heartfelt commiserations to the Okara family, the government and people of Bayelsa State, the literary community and all who drank from the writer’s fountain of knowledge.
"As a dedicated and well-published writer in all the literary genres, President Buhari believes Okara, who was deservedly known as the ‘‘founder of Modern African literature’’ will be fondly remembered for his immense contributions to the development of African literature, drawing on experience from his native Ijaw language."
"The President extols the great story-teller whose powerful use of imagery and symbolism in his literary writings helped the world to appreciate and understand the richness, complexities and uniqueness of the African heritage and culture.
"President Buhari prays Almighty God to grant the soul of the departed writer peaceful repose and comfort all who mourn."
Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria’s foremost poet and novelist, Gabriel Okara, died just one month before his 98th birthday.
A family member disclosed that the renowned poet died on Sunday evening, March 24 at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
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Okara slumped around 4pm on that fateful day, as he was relaxing at his Yenagoa residence.
Okara’s death was described by Governor Seriake Dickson, as a great loss to Bayelsa state and Nigeria.
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