President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate who clocked 85 on Saturday.
In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, his spokesman, Buhari described the octogenarian as someone who lives his life for others.
“President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 85th birthday, July 13, 2019, rejoicing with the literary icon for being one of the country’s greatest prides, and a universal brand,” the statement read.
“President Buhari joins family and friends of the cerebral academic in celebrating the many years of laudable achievements, recognition, 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.
“As he clocks 85, President Buhari affirms 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 congratulated the literary giant for projecting Nigerian and African values to the world.