President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on his 85th birthday, today.
Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja, yesterday, rejoiced with the literary icon “for being one of the country’s greatest prides and a universal brand.”
The President also joined family and friends of the cerebral academic in celebrating the many years of laudable achievements, recognitions, awards and consistency, a pride to Nigerians, Africans and the black race.
He saluted Soyinka for his intellectual momentum, interventions on state issues and polity through articles and comments,
the penchant for justice and persistence in holding leaders accountable.
According to him, Soyinka’s lifestyle sends a message to Nigerians and Africans, especially the younger generation, that real success is measured by the intangibles of courage and impact brought to others, rather than the pursuit of personal interests.
The President congratulated the literary giant for projecting Nigerian and African values to the world and wished him more years of good health, wisdom, and service to the nation and humanity.