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You are an institution, Atiku tells Soyinka at 85

Despite publicly declaring that he finds President Buhari and Atiku “worthy of outright rejection” before the presidential election of 2019, Professor Wole Soyinka received a birthday greeting from Atiku Abubakar.

Soyinka watches 85 years today. In his congratulatory message, Atiku described Soyinka as a national treasure that has gone beyond icon status to become an institution of excellence in literacy and conscientious activism.

He also thanked Soyinka for putting Nigeria on the Nobel map, along with its role in the growth of the FRSC and the positive impact on young Nigerians.

Atiku said: “Happy birthday number 85, Professor Oluwole Soyinka. I would have used the word icon to describe you, but you are beyond that. You are an institution. An institution of literary excellence and conscientious activism. A national treasure, you are the pride of Nigeria and a beacon for Africa. ”

“By wishing you many more years of life, I celebrate the fact that, like wine, you are improving with age. We have a lot to thank you for. From placing ourselves on the Nobel map to launching the FRSC and expanding the minds of our young people. We can never thank you enough. ”