Things have fallen apart, the centre cannot hold, we are no longer at ease, this was the expression of Chief Theodore Ahamefule Orji of Abia State when he received the news of the death of Prof Chinua Achebe.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Ugo Emezue Chief Orji said that Ndi-Igbo has lost a literary icon, a legend of all times and a hero whose novels remain a reference point in and outside the country. Â Â
Chief Orji who lamented the exit of Prof Achebe maintained that he is yet to come to terms with the sudden demise of this statesman of international repute.
The Abia State helmsman declared that Prof Achebe has impacted positively on the lives of people through his literary works.
Prof Achebe, Abia Governor stated will be rememberedÂ for always standing up for Ndi-Igbo at all times despite all odds.
Though Prof Achebe became a bit challenged through an accident that affected his legs he waxed stronger, impacting knowledge on the younger ones as a lecturer abroad, the Governor added.
Chief Orji said that the Governors of the South East would do their best to give their departed illustrious son a befitting burial.
He commiserated with the family of the bereaved and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.