President Bola Tinubu has hailed renowned Professor of Semiotics and African Literature, Professor Ropo Sekoni, as he turned 80.
In a statement on Saturday by Aguri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media, he acknowledged the important contributions of Sekoni to the restoration of democracy in Nigeria and the global body of knowledge.
“Today, I celebrate and congratulate my friend, comrade and longtime associate, Professor Ropo Sekoni, on his 80th anniversary. Attaining 80 years of age is a wonderful gift from God. I join his family and our mutual friends on this important milestone.
“Together with other pro-democracy activists, Professor Sekoni and I fought stridently at home and abroad for the termination of military rule and rebirth of democracy in our land following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. Professor Sekoni was a leading light in that struggle. He is also a sounding board and an invaluable support system for us in government,” the President affirmed.
“We are grateful to God that He has made it possible for Professor Sekoni to attain this important age in good health and we pray to the Munificient God to grant him more years to witness the new Nigeria we are building together wherein peace, security and prosperity shall reign supreme.”