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Family, Govs Agree To Bury Chinua Achebe May 23

Renowed Author, Professor Chinua Achebe will be laid to rest on May 23rd according to Anambra State Governor Peter Obi after a meeting between the south east governors and members of the Achebe family.

The meeting was 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.

Gov. Obi, who spoke on the burial arrangements, 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.”

He said, “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.”

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

Speaking with journalists, Ikechukwu, son of the late author, described his father as “a great family man”.

He also commended the Federal Government and the South-East governors for their support to the family since his father’s demise.

He said, “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.”

On whether the family would accept a post-humous national honour on behalf of the novelist and poet, he said, “We have not come to that 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,” He added.

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