“You are the cause of our trouble,’ Hoodlums to Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Statue in Onitsha
NEWSMAN, Anambra – Hoodlums in Onitsha, Anambra, have destroyed the statue of Nigeria’s first president Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, erected in the city.
The hoodlums are suspected to be some of those who hijacked the #EndSARS protest to wreak havoc.
The statute, located at Denis Memorial Grammar School roundabout (DMGS) in Onitsha, was erected months ago by Gov. Willie Obiano to further beautify the city.
While vandalising the statue, the hoodlums, armed with dangerous weapons including machetes, were heard venting their anger against the late Nigerian statesman.
“You are the cause of our trouble,’’ was one of the uncomplimentary remarks the hoodlums chanted, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
One of Azikiwe’s kinsmen, Victor Ononye, described the incident as “heresy and sacrilegious’’ saying Dr. Azikiwe must be expressing regrets at the action as the deceased statesman was one of the architects of independent Nigeria.
“What happened at the DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, which I saw with my own eyes, evoked tears. They decapitated the hand and went away with his title staff. That is the height of ingratitude by ignorant people who know nothing about history”, he said.
He said the hoodlums, hung a disused tyre on the statue before dousing it with petrol and torching it, while also destroying all the ornaments used in beautifying the site of the statue.
“They were few in number. Why the police, a stone 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 rode off
“It is a pity! Zik of Africa; the sage, who facilitated the end of the Nigerian civil war; Zik who built Nigeria’s foremost University for excellence in the education, doesn’t deserve this,’’ he lamented.