No Longer At Ease
In a further development on the Achebe affair, Obasanjo has now decided that Achebe no longer deserves to be a Nigerian.
In a statement special assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, stated he issued after discussing with President Olusegun Obasanjo, the government stated that “if you feel that your country does not deserve to honour you, then we believe you certainly do not deserve your country.” ……””It is unfortunate that up till today some of our people are still of the view that the quest for foreign and international awards in places like Sweden and elsewhere are more important or are of more value than an award being given them by their own homeland.”
This is the most pathetic response imaginable from a head of state and completely misses the point Achebe made by his rejection. It also shows the President to be the bully that he is who is incapable of taking any cricitism and using it positively as a way of reflecting on the present state of the country and his approach to the presidency.
Excellent essay Achebe’s Repudiation of Horror by Okey Ndibe