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Anambra declares Nov 16 Public holiday to honour Azikiwe

Anambra State Government has declared November 16 public holiday to honour late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.

The late Owelle of Onitsha, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, was born in Zungeru, Niger State, on November 16, 1904.

In a statement Monday in Awka, Governor Willie Obiano said it would be a work-free day to honour the man referred to as Zik of Africa.

The statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, reads: “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.”

Dr Azikiwe, who launched two unsuccessful attempts to become the country’s executive president in 1979 and 1983, died on May 11, 1996.

Editing by Tina Oyinsan