Lawmakers urge Nigerian Government to name National Library after Achebe

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Chinua Achebe in 1967. Photo courtesy UK Guardian

The motion went unopposed and was referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs for further legislative inputs.

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to name the National Library under construction or any other monument in the country in honour of late author, Chinua Achebe.

This followed a motion by Charles Odedo (ACN -Anambra), entitled: “Tribute to Professor Chinua Achebe” which was adopted on Tuesday in Abuja when put to vote by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.

Moving the motion earlier, Mr. Odedo said that Mr. Achebe, the Nigerian literary icon, died on Thursday, March 21, in Boston, United States of America.

The legislator further said that Mr. Achebe brought honour to Nigeria with his literary works that included his novel “Things Fall Apart.”

He said that the novel, which was written in 1958, about 50 years ago, had been translated into more than 50 languages and had sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

Mr. Odedo said that late Mr. Achebe in 1992 became the first living writer to be represented in Everyman’s Library Collection.

Contributing to the debate, Hassan Saleh (PDP-Benue) said that Mr. Achebe was one of the greatest human being to have emerged from Nigeria.

He said that the late Mr. Achebe had done so much in his literary works for “past generation and other generations to come.”

The legislator urged members to support the motion so that future generation would draw lessons from the late literary icon.

In his tribute to the late Mr. Achebe, Toby Ikechukwu (PDP-Enugu) said that Mr. Achebe was a poet and novelist, adding that his works represented various stages of Nigeria democracy.

Also contributing to the debate, Ali Madaki (PDP-Kano) said that Nigerians did not get to celebrate its heroes until their death. He said, “We should learn to identify our heroes when they are alive and not wait until they are dead.”

The motion was not opposed and the Speaker, thereafter, referred the motion to the Committee on Governmental Affairs for further legislative inputs.




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