Torrents of tributes have continued to pour in for renowned author, Professor Chinua Achebe, who died in the United States last Thursday.
As a proof of his global status, those mourning Achebe bear no allegiance to tribe or tongue, and were not even influenced by political considerations.
Akpabio: He was Fountain of Honour
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, described the late Achebe as a man whose literary exploits brought honour and great respect to Nigeria and Africa, noting that his contributions to literature and education in general will outlive many generations.
He said the hearts of the sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom went out to the Achebe family, the Igbo and Nigeria over the irredeemable loss of Achebe and urged everyone to be consoled that the works of the departed icon won him and the country many laurels and global recognition.
He wished the departed soul a peaceful repose in the bosom of the Almighty God .
Anambra: He was Nigeria’s Social Conscience
Mourning the departed, the Anambra State Government described the late Achebe, who was from the state, as the social conscience of Nigeria, while announcing the opening of condolence registers for him at the Conference Hall of the Government House and the Anambra State liaison offices in Abuja and Lagos.
The state Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu, gave the directives yesterday, saying the action is to provide Nigerians with the opportunity to express their condolences to a man regarded as one of the finest minds the world ever knew.
On the role the state would play, Sibeudu said Achebe was one of the people that brought honour to Nigeria and Africa, and until his demise he remained “an unrepentant social conscience of Nigeria”.
He explained that in line with the policy of the state government of celebrating the best from the state, the Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who left for the US last Saturday to commiserate and confer with the Achebe family, is due back in the country tomorrow.
Imo Speaker: Achebe was the Ogbuefi of African Literature
Imo State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, has described the death of the literary icon as not only a personal loss to him, the Assembly, but also a loss to all lovers of knowledge and development globally.
Uwajumogu stated that with Achebe’s death, socio-political and economic development have finally “fallen apart” due to the fact that his wise counsel, moral instructions, constructive criticisms and towering iconic image would no longer be available.
“Honestly, I lack words to describe Professor Chinua Achebe. He was the professor of professors, socio-cultural icon, foremost social crusader of our time. He was the Ogbuefi of African literature.
ACN, ANPP: Nigeria Has Lost Great Patriot
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) have said that the death of the renowned writer has robbed the country of a rare patriot.
ACN described Achebe as a global icon of all time and an outstanding Nigerian brand.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described Achebe’s death as a monumental loss not only to Nigeria but to the entire world, noting that “Prof. Achebe’s nationalist and democratic credentials were unassailable”.
ACN said another lesson that Nigerians should learn from Achebe is that one can excel doing whatever he does best and in spite of any disability that may come one’s way in life.
In his tribute, the ANPP National Chairman, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said Achebe was a patriot of uncommon vision.
“He was a patriot of uncommon vision, an intellectual pillar of universal appeal and with a distinct literary prowess.
“He was also an administrator of profound convictions and above all, an illuminating pathfinder whose works placed him on the mountain top. He remained tireless in his resolve of showing the way for others to follow. In his writings, he showed extraordinary skill and ability,” he said.
Akunyili: We Lost a Role Model
Former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, has described the death of Achebe as the loss of an extraordinary person.
She said in a statement that Achebe’s death was a personal loss to her as he was her role model during her stay at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
She said: “As we say in Igboland when an extraordinary person dies, the Iroko has fallen. I feel a sense of personal loss because Prof. Chinua Achebe was not only from my state, Anambra, but was also one of my role models right from my days as a faculty member at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), where he also taught until the road accident that made him to relocate to the USA.
“Prof. Achebe’s death leaves a void not only in Nigeria and Africa but also globally because he is one of the best novelists the world has ever produced. He will be sorely missed but we take solace in his rich legacies.”
Achebe’s Death Great Blow, Says Yuguda
Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has condoled with the immediate family of Achebe over his death, describing it as a great blow to the literary scene of not only Nigeria but indeed Africa and the entire world.
He said Achebe immensely contributed to the literary world during his life time and described his death as most unfortunate coming at a time when his elderly advice and counsel were most needed to reshape the literary and cultural aspect of the country.
“Reading books written by the late professor, including Things Fall Apart, one would learn great lessons of life,” Yuguda said, stressing that his literary works ranked amongst the best not only in Nigeria, but in the world.