GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says with the death of Professor Chinua Achebe, Nigeria has lost a literary giant who left an indelible print in the sands of time.
The Minority Whip of the Federal House of Representatives, Samson Osagie also said his book ‘There was a country’ should spur present and future leaders of our country to strive towards the greater ideals of democracy, development and socio-economic justice for all.
In a condolence message by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Peter Okhiria, Oshiomhole said: “On behalf of the people and Government of Edo State, I wish to commiserate with the Governor and the good people of Anambra State on the death of the literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe.
“With Achebe’s death, Anambra State and indeed Nigeria has lost a major personality, who played a unique role in its modern history. Even as an intellectual giant, his voice resonated with clarity and authoritative distinction on matters of national interest.
“He was a remarkable personality and will always be remembered for his forthrightness and incisive contributions to national issues. He could not be ignored or taken for granted on any matter, even by those who disagreed with him.
“His death evokes nostalgic emotion in the minds of all who read his books. His epic novel, “Things Fall Apart”, which earned him the sobriquet, ‘father of modern African literature’, is perhaps the best known book in this part of the world, aside the Holy Books. We pray God to grant his family the courage and strength to bear his loss. We also pray our Heavenly Father to grant his soul peaceful repose.”
On his part, Osagie said: “I wish to express my deepest condolence to his immediate family, Nigeria and indeed the literary world. Here is a man who consistently turned down national honours as a mark of his resentment against social political and economic injustice and bad governance of our dear nation.
His contributions to literature and the overall human development are out standing and will be missed”.