The president said that Achebe will be eternally honoured for his contributions to national discourse.
President Goodluck Jonathan has received, with immense sadness, news of the passing away of Nigeria’s globally acclaimed writer, scholar, tutor, cultural icon, nationalist and artist of the very first rank, Chinua Achebe, said a statement released by the President’s office.
“The president joins Mr. Achebe’s family, his friends, colleagues, past and present students, admirers and all who have learnt indelible lessons of human existence from Mr. Achebe’s award winning works of literature in mourning the legendary author” the statement read.
“As he mourns however, the President is consoled by the knowledge that Prof. Achebe will live forever in the hearts and minds of present and future generations through his great works which brought him enduring international fame and countless honours.
“The President believes that Prof. Achebe’s frank, truthful and fearless interventions in national affairs will be greatly missed at home in Nigeria because while others may have disagreed with his views, most Nigerians never doubted his immense patriotism and sincere commitment to the building of a greater, more united and prosperous nation that all Africans and the entire black race could be proud of,” it added.
The statement also adds that with maturity and global stature, Mr. Achebe fearlessly spoke the truth as he saw it and became, as he advanced in age, a much revered national icon and conscience of the nation who will be eternally honoured for his contributions to national discourse as well as the immense fame and glory he brought to his fatherland.
“On behalf of himself, his family, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to Prof Achebe’s family. He prays that God Almighty will receive Prof. Achebe’s great soul and grant him eternal rest from his outstanding earthly labour,” it said.