By Jessica Ude
Anambra State government declared Monday, November 18, a work-free day in the state in honor of first Republic President, late Owelle Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
The Chief Press Secretary to Anambra State Governor, Mr James Eze in a statement explained that the announcement came as a result of continuous plea by Gov. Willie Obiano to the Federal Government to declare a national public holiday in honor of legendary Zik, the way other eminent leaders across the globe who led their respective countries from dismay into greatness and independence have been acknowledged.
He added that Obiano utilized the medium of commissioning of Zik Mausoleum in January 2019 to plead for a public holiday to be acknowledged in honor of great Zik, just as Angola did for Agostinho Neto, as Kenya did for Jomoh Kenyatta, as Ghana did for Kwame Nkrumah, and as Tanzania did for Julius Nyerere.
“The Great Zik of Africa has played so many roles in politics, nationalist struggles for independence across Africa that left no place for ethnicity and religion, all of which make the case for a national day in his honor very fascinating”, he stated.
The statement reads in part: “Therefore, from this year onwards, November 18 has been set aside in Anambra State to commemorate Right Hon Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, celebrate his legacies and reflect on ideals and values that the great statesman lived and died for.
“It is expected that in blazing the trail by setting a day aside for Zik, Anambra State Government is making the case for a national holiday in honour of Zik a compelling one.
“It must be remembered that the Great Zik of Africa was one of the greatest Pan-Africanists who devoted his life and times to the struggle for the emancipation of Africa and people of African descent.”