Oshiomhole hails Soyinka at 80

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BY SIMON  EBEGBULEM

BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has congratulated Professor Wole Soyinka on his 80th birthday, saying Soyinka remains a source of inspiration and pillar of support.

In a congratulatory message to the Nobel Laureate, the Edo State Governor said: “Over the years, whereas many to whom our nation has given so much often conduct themselves in a manner that undermines national unity, Soyinka, who has brought global glory to Nigeria, has done more to cement our nationhood without demanding much. You have not only written volumes seeking to cement our nationhood, but at some point even had to endure 20-month solitary confinement to keep Nigeria one.

“As a global statesman today, your greatness lies not only in your extra-ordinary literary talent and creativity, but also the tireless energy you always exert in the pursuit of your convictions.”

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