President Muhammadu Buhari has extended deepest condolences to the Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family on the passing of renowned writer and Emeritus Professor of Literature, Prof. John Pepper Clark.
President Buhari paid tribute to the late Clark whom he described as one of Nigeria’s finest poets, dramatists and recipients of the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award for literary excellence.
In a condolence message on Tuesday, the president said Clark’s repertoire of published works depicted the hardwork of a great man, devoted to a life and times of writing, knowledge and promotion of the indigenous culture of the Ijaw nation.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted the President to have acknowledged that Prof. J.P. Clark has, indeed, left an indelible mark in the literary world.
Adesina said “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.”
He said the President’s thoughts and prayers were with the family of the departed patriot, the government and people of Delta State and the literary community in the country.
He prayed for the peaceful repose of the Clark’s soul.