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Anambra govt. declares Tuesday Public Holiday to honour ‘Zik of Africa’

The Anambra State Government has declared Tuesday, November 16, as Public Holiday.

The holiday is to honour Nigeria’s first President of Nigeria, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.

This was contained in a statement issued, on Monday, by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Don Adinuba.

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Adinuba’s statement read, “Tuesday, November 16, 2021, has been declared a work-free day in Anambra in honour of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president who was born on November 16, 1904.

“This is the third consecutive year Anambra State is observing the birthday anniversary of the man who led Nigeria to independence on October 1, 1960, and is popularly known as The Great Zik of Africa because of his extraordinary Pan-African vision and commitment.

The statement recalled that it was the Azikiwe who inspired such outstanding Pan-African leaders as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana who led his country to freedom from colonial rule on March 6, 1957.

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The statement continued, “Zik, who was born in Zungeru in Niger State and grew up in Calabar and Lagos, studied various disciplines in the United States and remains the most urbane, cosmopolitan and intellectually engaging of all Nigerian leaders.

“He remains an unrivalled trailblazer, having established Nigeria’s first indigenous bank, African Continental Bank and Nigeria’s first indigenous university, University of Nigeria at Nsukka, among other monumental and far-sighted achievements.

The statement, however, said that it was a huge national embarrassment that the Nigerian Government has refused to declare November 16 a national holiday.