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Today is Achebe day at the Nigerian Senate; House wants monument named after him

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Today is Achebe day at the Nigerian Senate; House wants monument named after him

by Dare Lawal

The Senate has scheduled a session on Wednesday in honour of the late Chinua Achebe, who died on March 21 in the United States.

During the senate’s sitting on Tuesday, a senator from Anambra, Chris Ngige raised a motion on matters of urgent national importance.

Ngige, acknowledged and said he was pleased with the deluge of tributes flowing in for the late Achebe who he described as his “constituent.”

Over at the House of Representatives, the legislators urged the Federal Government to name the National Library under construction or any other monument in the country in the honour of late Achebe.

According to reports:

The motion was moved by Rep.Charles Odedo (ACN -Anambra). The motion entitled: “Tribute to Professor Chinua Achebe’’ was adopted in Abuja when put to vote by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal.

Odedo said the late Achebe brought honour to Nigeria with his literary works that included his novel, “Things Fall apart’’.

He said the novel, which was written in 1958, had been translated into more than 50 languages, and had sold more than 12 million copies.

Odedo said the late Achebe in 1992 was represented in Everyman’s Library Collection.

Contributing to the debate, Hassan Saleh (PDP-Benue) said the late Achebe was one of the greatest human beings to have emerged from Nigeria.

He said the late Achebe had done so much in his literary works for “past generation and other generations to come’’.

The legislator urged members to support the motion so that future generations would draw lessons from the late literary icon.

In his tribute to the late Achebe, Toby Ikechukwu (PDP-Enugu) said the writer was a poet and novelist, adding that his works represented various stages of Nigeria’s democracy.

Ali Madaki (PDP-Kano) said Nigerians do not celebrate their heroes until their death.

He said: “We should learn to identify our heroes when they are alive and not wait until they are dead.”

The motion was not opposed and the Speaker, thereafter, referred it to the Committee on Governmental Affairs for further legislative inputs.

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