Gov. Peter Obi who broke the news of Achebe’s death has described him as one of the finest minds the world has known.
The text of his message reads: “I woke up early this morning and saw two missed calls from Prof. China Achebe’s son, Dr. Ike Achebe, with whom I have been in regular touch to ascertain his father’s well being. I immediately returned the call, and to my greatest shock and disbelief, he informed me that his father has just passed on.
The world has lost one of her finest minds. Africa and Nigeria have lost one of their greatest global Ambassadors.
I have duly contacted Mr. President to inform him about the sad development. I have also contacted some prominent Nigerians who also expressed shock at the development”
Obi who said he was in touch with the Achebe family is said to have completed arrangements to depart to the USA later today to confer with the family.”