The Anambra State Government has declared Tuesday, November 16th, as a Public Holiday to honour first  Nigeria’s President, Dr.

Nnamdi Azikiwe.



This was disclosed in a statement by the state commissioner for information and public Enlightenment, Mr. CA. Don Adinuba.




Chief Willie Obiano, the Anambra State Governor, has previously called on the Federal government to recognize the date as a nationwide public holiday, in honour of  Azikiwe’s contribution to Nigeria.


This year makes it the third year the Anambra State Government would be observing the birthday anniversary.



Adinuba said in the statement released  on behalf of Obiano:’’ 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


Governor Obiano in the press statement reiterated his call on the Federal Government to declare November 16 a National holiday in memory of The Great Zik of Africa.


Obiano said: ‘’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’’.

Dr Nnamdi  Azikiwe was born November 16 1904

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