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President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family, friends and government of Oyo State on the passing away of the renowned author, playwright and literary icon, Professor Akinwumi Ishola Saturday morning.
President Buhari said the literary world will 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 media aide, Femi Adesina, made the statement available in Abuja.
“President Buhari notes 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.
“The President joins the entertainment industry in mourning the loss of 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 will never be forgotten.
“He calls on other academicians 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 prays that Almighty God will grant the soul of Professor Ishola eternal rest,” the statement said.