Updated: February 25, 2021
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, felicitated with journalist and author, Kunle Ajibade, on his 60th birthday on May 28, 2018.
Mr. Ajibaje was in his Lagos office one day during the time of General Sani Abacha, a brutal dictator Mr. Buhari praised days ago, when men in boots stormed the office looking for the author of a controversial story his publication had released. But Mr. Ajibade was not the author of the story.
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But as management staff, he was arrested and jailed. After the death of Abacha, he was released and later wrote a successful book entitled “jailed for life”.
Although he’s often referred to as a journalist, Mr. Ajibade is more of an author and a columnist and an admirer of literary icon and Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
In a statement, the presidency said President Buhari joins the media industry in specially celebrating the renowned author of “Jailed for Life’’ and “What a Country!’’ for his literary prowess and contributions to topical issues in the country over the years.
The President recalled the many hurdles Ajibade had to overcome, and the sacrifices he made in the pursuit of seeing fairness and justice institutionalized in the country, including going to jail on trumped up reasons.
President Buhari commends Ajibade’s patriotism, resilience and desire to see Nigeria become a better country.
The President prays that the almighty God will grant the author longer life, good health and more wisdom to serve the nation he loves so much.