Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated Professor Emeritus, renowned poet, and playwright, John Pepper Clark, who turns 86 on Friday, December 6, 2019.
The President commended him for vigorously working for the development of the country in writing, teaching, and coaching.
President Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, joined family members, friends, and professional colleagues of the foremost scholar in celebrating the milestone, which has been signposted by many years of recognitions and awards, including Nigerian National Order of Merit.
As a writer, President Buhari believes J.P. Clark’s poetry, drama, and literary works clearly distinguish him as a genius, whose publications inspire deep thinking and actions, especially on socio-political themes.
As a scholar, the President salutes the Professor Emeritus, whose influence transcends the lecture theatres in Nigeria to include teaching and coaching in many universities across the world, and leaving lasting memories of discipline, focus, and resilience in pursuing and sharing knowledge.
President Buhari prays the Almighty God grants the Professor Emeritus longer life, good health, and strength to keep serving the nation.