The Government of Anambra State today, declared Tuesday 16th November 2021, as a public holiday to honour the memories of Late Zik Azikiwe, who was born on the 16th of November, 1904 and died on May 11, 1996.
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This development was made public by Don Adinuba, the state commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, in a statement which he read on-behalf of the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, which reads;
“This year makes it the third year the Anambra State government would be observing the birthday anniversary., “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”.
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“After all, the Ghanaians observe the birthday of Dr Nkrumah as a national holiday, just the way Tanzanians observe President Julius Nyerere’s birthday as a national holiday.
“It is a huge national embarrassment that Nigeria has yet to declare November 16 a national holiday.”