In Onitsha, Anambra State, at the Zik roundabout, the statue of a pioneer President of Nigeria, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was burnt down by angry hoodlums.
While the hoodlums descended on the statue, the were heard saying that the Late Azikiwe is the cause of the problems in Nigeria for championing one Nigeria.
However, confirming and narratinf the incident, Victor Ononye, a kinsman of Azikiwe, said:
“The Right Hon Dr Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe, the first President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, must be expressing regrets wherever his spirit is, for attracting independence to Nigeria.
“What happened at the DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, which I saw with my own eyes evoked tears.
“Miscreants, hoodlums, gutter snippers, loafers, charlatans, nitwits, nincompoops and bastards besieged the statue, hung a used tyre on his neck, poured petrol and set it on fire.
“They decapitated his hand and went away with his title staff. That was the height of ingratitude by the bastards who are ignorant of history.
“They descended on the various items used for decoration of the site and tore them to pieces. They were few in number. Why the police, who were a stone’s throw away to the roundabout, could not intervene was a mystery.
“I saw two vigilante men brandishing rifles and riding on a motorcycle. They stopped and the boys hailed them and they drove off.”