Chinua Achebe To Be Buried On May 23

Channels Television  
Updated April 22, 2013

The family of Professor Chinua Achebe and the South-East Governors Forum on Sunday fixed May 23 for burial of the literary icon.

Chairman of the forum and Anambra State Governor; Peter Obi announced this after a meeting of the governors and members of the Achebe family.

The meeting held at Enugu State Government House, had all the governors in attendance, except Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who represented by his deputy, Mr. Eze Madumere.

Speaking with journalists, Ikechukwu Achebe, son of the late author, described his father as “a great family man.”

He commended the federal government and the South-East governors for their support to the family since his father’s demise.

“The governors have also accepted to assist in his burial; we are very grateful. President Jonathan was also the first to commiserate with us when our father died; we are grateful to all of them” he said.

On whether the family would accept a post-humours national honour on behalf of the novelist and poet, he said, “we have not come to that yet. When such comes, we shall take a decision on that.”

He, however added that “my father would definitely be remembered for what he stood for – a Nigeria that is fair to everybody, a Nigeria that meets the expectations of her citizens.”