Zik’s Mausoleum, a symbol of unity — Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late DrNnamdi Azikiwes Mausoleum which he inaugurated on Thursday in Onitsha as a symbol of national unity.
He said that the monument was built in honour of the memory of the Great Zik of Africa, the Owelle of Onitsha.
The president said that the mausoleumwas not built for Azikiwe but for Nigerians, to show that Nigeria remains indivisible.
As I reflect on Ziks life and all of what he achieved, I acknowledge that Zik does not need this house, it is we who need Ziks name to give this house a meaning.
I acknowledge that Ziks name is also everywhere in Nigeria including the airport in Abuja because Zik chose not to limit himself to Zungeru, his place of birth.
Buhari noted that Zik chose to be a nationalist as he embraced all in the vast territory of Nigeria.
In his reaction, Chief Emma Nwude, who witnessed the event, said that Buhari had done what past leaders of the country failed to do and commended him for executing the project.
Nwude said that Buhari had shown himself to be a true nationalist for remembering Zik of Africa and prayed God to bless him.
Mrs Agnes Odogwu, who also witnessed the event, said that Buhari had done noble for taking a giant step to visit Ziks home and urged the people to support his administration.
NAN reports that the presidents entourage comprised the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, Sen. Andy Uba and Gov. Willie Obiano, among others.
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