President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the death of Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike, renowned author, scholar and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu Kingdom.
Naija News reports that the writer reportedly died at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, after a brief illness on Thursday.
The Anambra Monarch, born on 28th April 1931, had lost his son three years ago.
Professor Ike was known for a unique brand of fiction that mixed lampoon, humour, and satire.
His hometown, Ndikelionwu, was a regular feature in his writings.
He was a former Registrar of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the boss of the Nigerian Book Trust Foundation at a time.
In a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari condoled with family, friends and associates of the traditional ruler.
He said that Ike’s loyalty to the nation would continue to resonate in the way he mobilised his community for civic duties and sensitized youths on the value of good education.
According to him, the administrator, cerebral scholar and prolific writer will always be remembered for his exceptional creativity in communicating wisdom in simple ways through books like ‘Toads for Supper,’ ‘The Potter’s Wheel,’ “Sunset at Dawn,’ The Bottled Leopard’ and other publications.
He further noted that these were being used by many institutions as teaching tools, within and outside the country.
Buhari prayed that the almighty God would grant the soul of the departed eternal rest, and comfort his family.