Chinua Achebe’s burial to hold May 23

by Rachel Ogbu

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Iconic novelist, Chinua Achebe will buried May 23

On Sunday, the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Anambra State Governor Peter Obi made the announcement after a meeting with members of the Achebe family.

“I want to announce to you that we also met with Achebe’s family today and we have fixed his burial for May 23, 2013,” Obi said.

Son of the late author, Ikechukwu Achebe applauded the Federal Government and the South-East governors for their support following his father’s death.

“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.

Ikechukwu said when it comes to accepting a post-humous national honour on behalf of the novelist, the family had not discussed it yet. “When such comes, we shall take a decision on 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.”

The Punch reports,

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.

Okorocha is in London, where he is receiving treatment following an auto crash on Friday.

The PUNCH had two weeks ago reported that the burial of the renowned author would be held on May 23.

Meanwhile, Obi, who spoke on the burial arrangements, also noted that plans were underway for the construction of the Enugu International Airport.

He said, “We met today and took decisions on security as well as the Enugu International Airport.”

Obi said President Goodluck Jonathan would soon be in Enugu to turn the sod for the airport construction projects.

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