By Levinus Nwabughiogu
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that literary icon, Professor Isidore Okpewho, who passed on at the age of 74 brought pride, glory to Nigeria through inspiring novels and teaching skills.
The president who commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, prayed that God would grant Prof. Okpewho’s soul eternal rest.
“The President joins the people and Government of Delta State, the academia and the literary world in mourning the loss of the multiple award winning and exceptionally brilliant scholar who lived a simple, dignified and exemplary life.
“As one of the winners of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in 2010, President Buhari affirms that the late Okpewho brought pride and glory to his country through inspiring novels, teaching skills and mentoring of young writers.
“The President believes the legacies of discipline, hard work and honesty which shaped the life and times of the scholar, and were interpreted in his works, will continue to inspire younger writers in Nigeria and across the world.
“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant him eternal rest, and also comfort his family”, the statement stated.