The South-East Governors Forum met in Enugu yesterday and announced May 23, 2013, as burial date for the late literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe. Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi who announced the date as part of decisions at the meeting, also disclosed that Achebe’s first son was part of the decision.
He told newsmen at the end of a long meeting at the Enugu Government House that “issues of importance to the South-East were discussed; issues like the Enugu international airport, security issues as well the burial of Professor Chinua Achebe were discussed. “I want to announce that the burial will take place on May 23, 2013 and his first son is here with me. “For the international airport, we discussed the impending visit to flag-off the construction.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Achebe’s first son, Mr. Ike Achebe said the South-East governors had indicated that the burial of his father was an important event and that they promised to offer support needed. “And so we are looking forward to working with them. “Mr. President was the first to send his condolence when my father died; Mr. President has also been meeting with me and having a very detailed discussion on what the family wishes.
“I will like to use this opportunity to express my family’s appreciation to the president and members of his cabinet who have worked very hard to ensure we are in constant communication with the president. “My father’s wishes were very much known; and we will all agree that seeing a Nigeria that is fair to its people; a Nigeria that lives up to the expectations of her citizens. A Nigeria that is free of corruption; a Nigeria that looks after her own people.
“His wishes were an enduring one for the country and I think that right up to the end he was interested in ensuring that Nigeria would live up to her potential to help uplift the African people and people everywhere who have suffered for one reason or another. “My father was a caring family man. Although, he was a global citizen he always made us feel he was a father and husband first. So he was a wonderful family man.”
Personalities at the meeting were governors Martin Elechi of Ebonyi, Sullivan Chime, Enugu, Theodore Orji, Abia and Peter Obi. Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha was represented by his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere.