The Anambra Governor is in the U.S. to join in the burial plan of the legendary writer.
In a brief ceremony held at the Government House, Awka, the Deputy Governor, Emeka Sibeudu, led other government officials, including commissioners, to sign the register.
Mr. Sibeudu said that the state government would be fully involved in the burial.
He said Governor Peter Obi was absent because he had travelled to join in the preparations for the burial, which had yet to be announced.
“As you all know, on Friday, March 22, we lost a rare icon, it is a great loss to the government and people of Anambra where he hailed from. So, today, on behalf of the His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, we are opening the condolence register to mourn our departed hero,” he said.
“The governor is unavoidably absent here because since Friday when he got the news, he had to leave everything and rush down to the United States to meet the family and see things for himself.
“The burial will be made open when his family are through with that, but let me categorically state here that the government of Anambra will be fully involved in the burial ceremony of late Chinua Achebe,” Mr. Sibeudu added.
He said that registers had also been opened at Anambra liaison offices in Lagos and Abuja.
The Secretary to the Anambra Government, Obaze Oseloka, said he was privileged to have been called a family friend of Mr. Achebe.
Oseloka described the deceased as a very exceptional, gentle, humble person, who refused to keep quiet in the face of injustice.
“Despite his quiet demeanor, he was resolved in pursuing truth, he spoke power to the truth in his books, his teachings.
“He dedicated himself and history will judge him right as somebody who spoke up at critical times of this nation,’’ he said.
Mr. Oseloka said “evil things happened when good men kept quiet and Chinua never kept quiet on issues about this country.
“We are happy that he published his last book ‘There Was a Country’, before he died. And now people of Nigeria, the world, generations yet unborn now have the opportunity of knowing the history of this great country and his people, NdiIgbo.”