Tinubu Recalls Old Memories as Soyinka Marks 89th Birthday
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has recalled the good old days as Nigerian playwright, and Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka celebrates his 89th birthday.
Soyinka’s birth anniversary is today, Thursday, July 13. In a statement issued today, Tinubu recalled how he, Soyinka and some other persons fought together for democracy under the aegis of NADECO at great risk to their personal lives.
Me. President described Soyinka as a veritable source of support, inspiration, and encouragement.
Tinubu referenced the Nobel laureate as his brother and comrade in the struggle to restore and entrench democracy and good governance in Nigeria.
The congratulatory message reads: “Today, I celebrate Nobel Laureate, elder statesman, and pro-democracy activist, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on his attainment of 89.
“Renowned playwright, poet, and novelist, Professor Wole Soyinka has done much for Nigeria. In the literary world, he remains a giant, an Iroko. Importantly, his contributions to the struggle for restoring and institutionalising democracy and good governance in Nigeria are indelible.
“Together, along with other activists, we fought for democracy under the aegis of NADECO at great risk to our personal lives.
“Professor Soyinka remains a beacon and a source of inspiration and support to many of us. “As he attains 89 today, we pray that God Almighty grant him more years and strength so he can be around to witness the new Nigeria we are building in line with our Agenda for a Renewed Hope for the country, where security, prosperity, and economic development will reign supreme,” Tinubu stated.