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Anambra honours Azikiwe, declares Tuesday public holiday

The Anambra State Government has declared Tuesday a work-free day to honour the first President of the country, the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.

The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba made the announcement in a statement Monday.

It is to honour the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president who was born on November 16, 1904 in Zungeru, Niger State.

Adinuba said, “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.

“It was the Great Zik of Africa 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”.

“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.”

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