President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday joined the family, friends and government of Oyo State, to mourn the death of the renowned author, playwright and literary icon, Professor Akinwumi Ishola.
He stated.the literary world would surely miss the cultural activist whose steadfastness and dedication to the promotion of the native language, as a means of sustaining the culture and tradition of Africans, is worth emulating.
The President’s condolence was conveyed in a statement signed on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
He noted that the love of the departed academician for the Yoruba language was never in doubt, as he exhibited this through all his published works and speeches, even as a student and throughout his academic life.
President Muhammadu Buhari further described Professor Ishola as a producer and director whose contributions to the evolution and transformation of the entertainment industry from a disparaged genre into a major contributor to the nation’s economy would never be forgotten.
He called on other academics to follow the sterling qualities of the National Merit Award Winner and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, who was more focused on the development and transformation of minds as opposed to material gains.
The President prayed that the Almighty God grants the soul of the departed eternal rest.
– Channels TV