Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has mourned the death of foremost Bayelsa poet and novelist, Pa Gabriel Okara.
Okara died at the age of 97 on Sunday evening.
In a message of condolence, Jonathan described the exit of the literary giant as “a colossal loss” to the Ijaw nation, the country and the African literary community.
A statement by his media adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, said the former President described the deceased as a” great man of arts and wit”.
Jonathan said, “The death of a loved one, no matter his age, brings grief to our hearts and tears in our eyes, but we must take solace in the fact that Pa Okara lived a long and glorious life.
“He was a pioneer voice in modern African literature, a consummate journalist, a seasoned administrator and a statesman who lived a life worthy of emulation.”