Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a motion urging Federal Government to declare November 16 every year as public holiday in commemoration of birthday of Nigeria’s First President, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
The appeal followed a motion sponsored by member representing Anambra East Constituency, Obinna Emenaka, under matter of urgent public importance.
Emenaka observed that the late icon contributed immensely toward the unity, progress and development of the country and deserved to be recognised.
While expressing appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari on the completion of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Mausoleum, Emenaka described Zik of Africa as the father of modern Nigeria.
Contributing to the motion, member representing Onitsha North 1 Constituency, Douglas Egbuna, said Azikiwe was an architect of democratic values and principles in the country.
“The legacy of Zik of Africa needed to be sustained, to promote patriotism, peace and unity of Nigeria, as well as spirit of genuine service to humanity,’’ he added.
The Speaker of the House, Uche Okafor, said Azikiwe played pivotal roles in the annals of the nation’s history. The lawmakers agreed that Gov. Willie Obiano should kick-off the idea by declaring it work free day in the state.