- President Buhari has sympathised with the family of Professor Adedoyin, who passed away on Saturday, May 1,
- The president said Adedoyin's patriotic fervour will be remembered anytime the national pledge is recited
- In his condolence message, the Nigerian leader prayed for the professor of education's soul to rest in peace
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Professor Felicia Adebola Adedoyin, author of the National Pledge.
Mourning the renowned professor of education, Buhari said anytime the national pledge is recited her patriotic fervour will be remembered.
According to him, the thoughtful and solemn words of the National Pledge by the iconic composer, has become an invocation to every citizen to serve with faithfulness, loyalty, and honesty.
He went on to note that Nigerians will continue to honour the memory of the legend who in 33 words gave the people a timeless promise to keep for the nation.
While commiserating with the Adedoyin family, friends and associates as well as the government and people of Oyo state, Buhari prayed that God grants the writer eternal rest.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Prof. Adedoyin, a consultant with the United Nations died on Saturday, May 1, after a brief illness.
She wrote the national pledge in 1976 and also lectured at the University of Lagos.
In 2005, Prof Adedoyin was given a national award, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). She was in the care of her children when she passed away, and surrounded by loved ones.
In a related development, President Buhari has commiserated with the family and friends of Yinka Odumakin, the national publicity secretary of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.
The Afenifere spokesman died on Saturday, April 3, at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) where he was being treated for respiratory issues due to COVID-19 complications.
President Buhari, in a statement released by one of his aides expressed sorrow at the death of the human rights activist, who according to him still had more to contribute to the nation at large.