Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has chided the All Progressives Congress Presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba over his call that the presidency should consider renaming University of Nigeria after the late British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth ll.
The group cautioned Buhari against acting on the suggestion by Adamu, stating that If the Nigerian Government and the Presidency wish to immortalize the late Britain’s Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, they should look at the role of the Queen in granting Nigeria political freedom and Independence on 1st October 1960. “So the most appropriate place to show gratitude to the great Britain Monarch should be the Citadel of Power.
“Federal Government should rename the Aso Rock Presidential State House and resident after Queen Elizabeth II, that is the best place to honor Queen Elizabeth II, not the University of Nigeria Nsukka because it’s incendiary to destroy the symbol of Nigeria’s Citadel of Learning”, the Igbo group noted.
Ohaneze Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, stated this in a release made available to journalists in Abakaliki.
The group noted that the Federal Medical Center Umuahia was renamed after the late British Monarch, and is known as Queen Elizabeth Medical Center Umuahia, adding that Nigerians are yet to see the late Queen Elizabeth’s legacies in Northern Nigeria and that it’s appropriate for the North to have a fair share of the Queen’s legacy.
“Ndigbo was instrumental and played a role in hosting the late Britain’s Monarch Queen Elizabeth II, in 1956. The assistance rendered by an Igbo wealthy business mogul, Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu has not skipped our memories.
“When Queen Elizabeth II visited Nigeria in 1956, the then Nigerian Government couldn’t afford a Rolls-Royce, so they approached and borrowed this Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB belonging to Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu, the father of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Igbo legendary icon and it was a great relief”, the group recalled.