While his family, readers and admirers across the globe rejoiced with him on that day and thanked God for his life, Dr. Chidi Achebe, the President/CEO of Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Dorchester, MA, and son of the literary icon, was asked what Professor Achebe's reaction was to the hullabaloo from the Nigerian Presidency surrounding his rejection of the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) – Nigeria's Third Highest National Honour—offered to him by the Goodluck Jonathan's Administration.
"Today is Prof's 81st birthday, the family and well wishers around the globe are giving thanksgiving to GOD almighty!
The last I saw, Professor Achebe was digging into a delicious piece of cake.
What reaction? I will honestly tell you that Professor Achebe does not know who Reuben Abati is; has not read his reaction nor does he care to do so.
Professor Achebe loves his native country
; he did what he has done all his life - told the truth as he sees it. Many will accept it, some will not, and that is the way it is." Nigeria
President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President
Professor Achebe whose works have been translated into many major languages of the world is the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies,
Brown University, Providence, Rohde Island, USA.