The former Nigerian leader described Mr. Achebe as a distinguished Nigerian.
Mr. Obasanjo, in a statement in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, described the deceased as a man of culture, a literary giant, and a distinguished Nigerian.
The statement signed by the former president’s media assistant, Vitalis Ortese, stated that the demise of Mr. Achebe was a great loss to the entire world.
“Achebe’s death at this time is a great loss to Nigeria, Africa and particularly the global world of literature,” Mr. Obasanjo said.
“While he lived, Professor Achebe has by his person and through his works demonstrated an important perspective of the soul of the African and his world view at a period when the continent was undergoing some of the most significant changes in its history.
“Because of what he wrote and showed, the world understood Africa better. This is a well deserved tribute that can never be taken away from Professor Chinua Achebe,” he added.
The former president, while praying for the repose of the dead, commiserated with the family, friends, colleagues, Nigerians and Africans alike on the passing away of Chinua Achebe.