- President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates Wole Soyinka who is preparing for his 85th birthday
- Buhari describes Soyinka as one of Nigeria's greatest brand, whose activities bring pride to the country
- The president commends Soyinka for being the perfect example for younger generations in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, July 12, congratulated Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on his 85th birthday, which would hold on July 13.
Buhari noted that Soyinka, a literary icon, is one of the country’s greatest prides, and a universal brand.
“President Buhari joins family and friends of the cerebral academic in celebrating the many years of laudable achievements, recognitions, awards, and consistency, all which have cumulated in pride to Nigerians, Africans and the black race.
“The president salutes Prof Soyinka for his intellectual momentum, interventions on state issues and polity through articles and comments, penchant for justice, and persistence in holding leaders to account,” a statement by Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, said.
The president affirmed that Prof Soyinka’s lifestyle sends a message to all Nigerians and Africans, especially the younger generation, “that real success is measured by the intangibles of courage and impact brought to the life of others, rather than pursuit of personal interests.”
Buhari also commended Soyinka for projecting Nigerian and African values to the world just as he wished literary giant more years of health, wisdom and service to the nation and humanity.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Wole Soyinka and the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, recently warned Nigerian political leaders to take active steps towards providing solutions to socio-political conflicts that could lead Nigeria to another civil war.
In a communique jointly signed by the duo after their meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Thursday, July 4, the two leaders said Nigeria cannot survive another civil conflict such as that of 1967 to 1970.
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