The Leader of the Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has described the death of the literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe, as a fall of an Iroko tree.
Senator Ndoma-Egba, in a press release yesterday described the late Achebe as a master story teller who defined his age and times.
The statement reads, “An Iroko has fallen. Chinua Achebe was a master story teller who defined his age and times.
“He gave African Literature definition and character. Like William Shakespeare, Chinua Achebe lives on.”
Also,Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said he received with a heavy heart, news of the death of literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe.
Reacting to the news of the death in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal described the deceased as the conscience of the nation whose words and deeds mirror those of his country men and women.
The Speaker noted that Achebe would be remembered as a very decent man of great integrity whose passion for the progress and development of his Fatherland served as an inspiration for his literary works and political commentary.
He said Achebe did his best to uphold and propagate the ideals of a profession he loved and lived for.
Tambuwal said the death of the Professor was a colossal loss to Nigeria in particular and the whole world in general, adding that our country will forever be proud of giving the world Chinua Achebe.
Tambuwal equally prayed to God to give Achebe’s family, relatives and friends the fortitude to bear his demise.
Equally,the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has paid tribute to the late literary icon and elder statesman, Professor Chinua Achebe, saying his death marked the end of a glorious era.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu on Friday said Professor Achebe was a literary giant who lived a purposeful life of dedication to the cause of founding and development of African literature.
”Thanks to the sacrifices and commitment of Professor Achebe, and his contemporaries whose
writings have become leading lights in our country’s literary constellation,’’ the statement said.
While mourning his demise, the forum expressed the hope that the generation of writers who
benefited from the immense knowledge and professional competence of Achebe will keep the flag flying by continuing to raise the bar of the literary professionalism.
The forum said the best tribute that Nigerians can pay to the late writer and nationalist is
to re-dedicate themselves to the ethos of nationalism, nation building, and respect for citizens’ rights which the late literary icon preached and practiced.
It also condoled with members of Achebe’s family and prayed that God will give them the
fortitude to bear the irredeemable loss, while also granting the departed eternal rest.
The forum called on the federal government to honour the memory of the great Nigerian, to serve as an inspiration to the younger generation of Nigerians.
In his tribute,former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the late Nigeria’s and Africa’s literary guru, Professor Chinua Achebe, as an icon of unmatched integrity and conviction.
In a tribute to the late Professor and author of the famous “Things Fall Apart”, the former Vice President recalled how Achebe forcefully rejected and condemned the July 2004 political crisis in Anambra State during, which thugs attempted to remove a democratically elected Governor on the orders of a godfather.
Based on his convictions and principle, Atiku said the late Professor rejected a national honour conferred on him by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan administrations.
According to the former Vice President, few Nigerians would have followed the courage of their conviction and reject national honours because of the fear of losing favour from those in power.
On the literary front, Atiku Abubakar paid glowing tribute to late Achebe’s unquantifiable contributions to African literature.
He said Things Fall Apart would remain Achebe’s everlasting legacy to literature.
The former Vice President also praised the lucidity of Professor Achebe’s writing style, which he said, made him one of the most readable and popular authors of the world.
Reports said the author of Things Fall Apart,Professor Chinua Achebe died Thursday night at a Boston, Massachusetts hospital in the United States of America aged 83.
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