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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Zik, Western Region and 1951 Polls  

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Afolabi Awosanya
 
culled from PUNCH, December 16, 2004

Much had been said and written on the wrong accusation of the Yoruba on a false allegation of preventing the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe from taking office first as leader of government business and later Premier of the West. Again, in Godwin Nzeakah’s column: “Historical reflections,” in The PUNCH of November 10, 2004, an article which ostensibly was meant to be a tribute to Zik, devoted 95 per cent of space to reminding Nigerians for the umpteenth time the 1951 incident.

The Action Group (led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo) went into the 1951 elections as a relatively young but well organised party with brilliantly articulated manifesto against the much older and better known the NCNC (led by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe). The Yoruba loved the Owelle; they flocked the NCNC rallies at Balogun Square, Anola in Isalegangan, Campos Square and Amuto, mainly to see and listen to “Zeek”. It was therefore no surprise that all the five seats in Lagos were won by NCNC candidates i.e. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr. Ibiyinka Olorunimbe, Prince Adeleke Adedoyin, T.O.S. Benson and H.P Adebola. The party also won seven of the eight seats in Ibadan; it won seats in many other towns such as Abeokuta, Oyo, Ife, Ilesha and Oshogbo. Continue reading “Zik, Western Region and 1951 Polls  “