By Tobi Soniyi
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family and friends of literary icon, Prof. Isidore Okpewho, who passed on at the age of 74.
The president, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Pulicity, Mr Femi Adesina, joined 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, Buhari said, the late Okpewho brought pride and glory to the country through inspiring novels, teaching skills and mentoring of young writers.
The president said he believed the legacies of discipline, hard work and honesty which shaped the life and times of the scholar, and were interpreted in his works, would continue to inspire younger writers in Nigeria and across the world.
The president prayed that the almighty God would grant him eternal rest, and also comfort his family.