PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the Zik Mausoleum and Conference Centre in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Inaugurating the tomb, Buhari challenged Nigerians to be patriotic, nationalistic and remain dedicated to leadership, values, which the late Zik stood for.
The Anmabra State Governor Willie Obiano said Zik can now rest In peace with the full honour he deserves from the country he served and died for, with the completion of the mausoleum.
Obiano praised Buhari for completing the Mausoleum after over 20 years. He said that the mausoleum has become an important landmark in the South East and an addition to the tourism offerings of Anambra.
Meanwhile the governor urged the Federal Government to declare November 16 a national public holiday in honor of Zik, as first President of Nigeria.
According to the governor, if granted, the day will be set aside for reflection on the life and times of the foremost nationalistic leader, known for his Pan-African struggles.
The traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, appealed to the Federal Government to appoint a governing board and recruit complimentary staff for the mausoleum in order to make the facility truly functional
Ambassador Emeka Azikiwe, one of the sons of the late Zik thanked the Buhari administration for completing the project while expressing hope that it will further immortalize his father.
Buhari completes Abacha’s work on Zik
WORK on the mausoleum of Azikiwe, Owelle of Onitsha, who died on May 11, 1996, was started 22 years ago by the administration of the late General Sani Abacha.
The completion of the mausoleum, built to honor Zik, as the nation’s first president and first Premier of Eastern Nigeria, for his immense contributions to the nation’s independence had
suffered neglect and was abandoned by previous administrations. The completion of the project, stands as a major landmark for the Buhari administration in the South East.
During his last inspection visit to the project in December 2018, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, dismissed insinuations that the completion of the project was political.
He said that the Buhari administration decided to work on Zik’s tomb as a mark of honour to the late sage after successive administrations abandoned the project.
Fashola, who claimed that he had visited the project four times since 2016, noted that it was a disservice to the Bihari government to accuse it of playing politics with the project, “now that we have completed the project. Well, if that is politics, it’s development politics and I think I like that type of politics.”