With the following words below, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State urged Buhari to declare Zik’s birthday November 16 a national holiday.

“However, while we are thanking Mr President for this mausoleum, we also pray you to declare Zik’s birthday, November 16, a National Day in Nigeria. This will be in keeping with

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Zikist Movement Thanks President Buhari For Commissioning Zik’s Mausoleum

The Zikist Movement, the body for the promotion and protection of the legacies of Doctor Nnamdi Azikiwe The Great, the Zik of Africa, wishes to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his noble step in commissioning Zik’s Mausoleum today.

To we in the Movement it is a dream-come-true. It is a dream of ages that has come to pass. 22 years if pain are over!

Zik was a Leader of Leaders. We recall with fond historical memory, Zik’s Pan Africanist exploits. We recall the way he protected the Great Nelson Mandela when an evil system threatened to decapitate him.

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The Zikist Movement has reacted to accusations by the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, blaming Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe- popularly known as Zik of Africa- for Nigeria’s present ills. Recall that in a recent statement, IPOB laid the problems of Nigeria squarely at the feet of Dr Azikiwe, blaming him for creating the country in the first place.

But in a swift reaction, the Zikist Movement picked holes in that argument, stating that it was wrong to blame the present problems of Nigeria on Zik or his fellow founding fathers, rather than on the mistakes Nigerians being the beneficiaries have made and continue to make.

The brief statement signed by the movement’s President, Prince Charles Offokaja, and made available to newsmen reads:
“It has come to the notice of the Zikist Movement that the Indigenous People Of Biafra organization, IPOB is blaming Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Zik of Africa, for Nigeria’s ills. This is very wrong. 

“Zik and other founding fathers secured Nigeria’s independence and built a nation that became the most populous black country on earth.

“It is not their fault that we the beneficiaries of those gifts have so far misused them. What we should be doing now is to try pick up the pieces of what we broke and build a new, just and prosperous Nigeria: so that the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain.

“It shall be well with Nigeria if we make the right efforts.

“Signed: Prince Charles Offokaja,

“President, Zikist Movement”