– Gov. Willie Obiano said he wants President Muhammadu Buhari to make the Birthday of Nnamdi Azikwe a National Holiday
– This comes after Pres. Buhari honoured late Chief MKO Abiola by making June 12 a national holiday
President Muhammadu Buhari some few days ago made June 12 the new date for Democracy Day after he signed the Public Holiday amendment bill to law, this was done in honour of late Chief MKO Abiola.
The President on Wednesday, June 12, also went ahead to name the Abuja National Stadium after Abiola.
However, Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano in a latest statement has applauded Pres. Muhammadu Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola.
The Anambra state Governor in his statement, however, called on Pres. Buhari to make the birthday of late Head of State, Nnamdi Azikwe a national holiday as well.
Gov. Obiano in a statement through the state’s commissioner for information and public enlightenment, Don Adinuba said: “On the occasion of the first anniversary of June 12 as Democracy Day in honour of a great Nigerian patriot, it has become imperative to remind President Buhari of the request I made to him on behalf of the government and people of Anambra State when he visited Onitsha to commission the newly completed Zik Mausoleum last January 24 that he should declare Zik’s birthday a national holiday.”
“Ghanaians observe the birthday of their first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, himself a Zik protégé. Tanzanians observe a national holiday in memory of their first president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, as Angolans do in memory of Dr Agustiono Neto, their first president.
“The Great Zik of Africa was not just Nigeria’s first president or the man who led Nigeria to independence in 1960, but was Nigeria’s first indigenous Governor General and the first Senate President.
“He was the first Nigerian to build a bank, thus inspiring his colleagues as regional premiers in the 1950s to establish their own banks. He was also the first Nigerian to set up a university, and consequently challenged his peers to follow in his footsteps.