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The former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, who was also the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the recent general election, expressed his utmost delight and approval of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s choice to rename the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport in honour of the late literary legend, Professor Chinua Achebe.
Through his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle, Obi relayed his conviction that Achebe’s esteemed role as a global literary pioneer and icon was more than worthy of this recognition.
Mr. Peter Obi, the ex-governor of Anambra State, extended his appreciation to Governor Soludo for his decision.
‘The renaming of the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport to Chinua Achebe International Airport is a most delightful and welcome development.’
‘The late literary icon deserves all the honour that the state and the nation can bestow.’
‘Chinua Achebe’s towering stature as a global literary pioneer and icon is deserving of such recognition. I congratulate the Achebe family for the bestowed honour and kudos to the governor of Anambra State, HE Prof. Charles Soludo, for the timely and fitting decision, which is consistent with extant best practices.’
‘This latest gesture is in line with the practice of the state government naming our public institutions after our heroes and outstanding citizens.’
‘Examples include the public arena named after the former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme Square; the Chukwuemeka Odumegu Ojukwu University, the State Library named after Prof. Kenneth Dike and the science block at CKC Onitsha named the Prof. Chike Obi Building.’
‘The latest gesture is also consistent with Achebe’s exhortation that we must, of necessity, tell our own stories. By telling his own story so well, Achebe also told the Anambra and Nigerian stories, hence this most befitting memorial.’
Recent reports reveal that Anambra International Airport, under the leadership of Governor Chukwuma Soludo, will move to adopt a new name to honour the legendary literary figure, Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Soludo made this revelation on Sunday during the Independence Day festivities at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the state capital, announcing that the airport’s new name would be “Chinua Achebe International Airport, Umueri.”
The Governor noted that most of those recognised with project names were public servants. He stressed that his administration has broken with tradition by naming the Anambra airport in honour of Achebe.