President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of renowned writer and Emeritus Professor of Literature, Prof John Pepper Clark.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled “President Buhari pays tribute to JP Clark”, Buhari stated that Clark left an indelible mark in the literary world.
He extended condolence to the Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family on the passing of renowned writer and Emeritus Professor of Literature, Prof. J.P. Clark.
The president described Clark as one of Nigeria’s finest poets, dramatist and recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award for literary excellence.
He stated that the late professor’s repertoire of published works depicts the hard work of a great man, devoted to a lifetime of writing, knowledge and promotion of the indigenous culture of the Ijaw nation.
The statement reads: “Acknowledging that Prof. J.P. Clark’s exit has, indeed, left an indelible mark in the literary world, President Buhari takes solace that his body of literary works, which earned him recognition and respect both at home and abroad, would continue to inspire upcoming Nigerian writers to pursue literary excellence and flourish in their chosen vocation.
“The President’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of the departed patriot, the government and people of Delta State and the literary community in the country.
“He prays for the peaceful repose of the soul departed.”