Igbo governors set May 23 as the date for Chinua Achebe’s funeral

 
GOVERNORS from across southeast Nigeria have set May 23 as the date when literary icon Chinua Achebe will be buried after a meeting with his family on the 21st may 2013.
 
At a lengthy meeting between the Achebe family and the South-East Governors Forum in Enugu yesterday afternoon, plans for the grand funeral were finalised. Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, chaired the meeting in his capacity as the chairman of the forum.
 
Four of the five governors from across the southeast were present at the meeting, with Imo State being represented by its deputy Eze Madumere. Governor Rochas Okorocha is currently in London receiving medical treatment for an injury he sustained in a car accident.
 
Governor Obi 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.” As expected, the funeral will take place at Ogidi, Achebe’s home town.
 
Ikechukwu Achebe, the author’s son described his father as a great family man and commended the federal government and the Southeast governors for their support. He added that  his father would definitely be remembered for what he stood for, which was a Nigeria that is fair to everybody and meets the expectations of her citizens.
 
Mr Achebe Jnr said: “The governors have also accepted to assist in his burial and we are very grateful. President Jonathan was also the first to commiserate with us when our father died.”
 
On whether the family would accept a post-humous national honour on behalf of the novelist and poet, he added:, “We have not come to that yet. When such comes, we shall take a decision on that.”

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