The Anambra State House of Assembly on Saturday has passed a motion urging President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Nov 16 of every year a public holiday in commemoration of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s birthday.
Concise News reports that the appeal followed a motion sponsored by the member representing Anambra East Constituency, Obinna Emenaka under matter of urgent public importance.
Emenaka observed that the late icon contributed immensely toward the unity, progress, and development of the country and deserved to be recognized.
While expressing appreciation to President Buhari on the completion of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Mausoleum, Emenaka described Zik of Africa as the father of modern Nigeria.
Contributing to the motion, member representing Onitsha North One Constituency, Douglas Egbuna said Azikiwe was an architect of democratic values and principles in the country.
“The legacy of Zik of Africa needed to be sustained, to promote patriotism, peace, and unity in Nigeria, as well as the spirit of genuine service to humanity,’’ he added.
However, the Speaker of the House, Uche Okafor said Dr. Azikiwe played pivotal roles in the annals of the nation’s history.
The lawmakers, therefore, agreed that Gov. Willie Obiano should kick-off the idea by declaring its work-free day in the State.