The apex socio-cultural organisation in Igbo land, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has told the Federal Government to name Aso Rock in Abuja after Queen Elizabeth and not the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu State.
Recall, that Queen Elizabeth who had ruled the United Kingdom since 1952, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands on Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2022, aged 96.
She was until 1963, a monarch over Nigeria, as that was when the country became a republi
But reacting to the death of the monarch, Adamu Garba who contested the 2019 presidential ticket under the All Progressives Congress (APC) called for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) to bea renamed after the late Queen.
Adamu revealed that if he was the President of Nigeria, he would declare 3 days of National Mourning for her and rename the University of Nigeria to Queen Elizabeth University of Nigeria.
However, reacting to Adamu’s recommendation, Chidi Ibeh-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a statement said such remark was capable of instigating conflict in the country.
Isiguzoro must tender an apology to Ndigbo for making such an unhistorical remark.
The statement read, “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has cautioned the Federal Government against renaming the foremost and most prestigious University, the University of Nigeria Nsukka after the late British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
“The University has bequeathed a legacy in south-eastern Nigeria and it’s worthwhile for the former APC presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba to know that the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, was renamed after the late British monarch, and is known as Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Umuahia, yet Nigerians have yet to see the late Queen Elizabeth’s legacies in northern Nigeria. It’s appropriate for the North to have a fair share of the Queen’s legacy.
“If the Federal Government and the Presidency wish to immortalise late Queen Elizabeth II, it should look at the role of the Queen in granting Nigeria political freedom and independence on October 1, 1960. And the most appropriate place to show gratitude to Great Britain should be at Aso Rock.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Government has ordered that all flags in the country and diplomatic missions be flown at half mast from September 11 to 12.
This was disclosed in a statement by Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on Friday, September 9, 2022.
The statement partly reads:” In honour of Queen Elizabeth II, the sovereign of the United Kingdom, Chairman of the Commonwealth and an eminent global personality whose passage to eternity was announced yesterday, the Ministry of Interior of the Federal Republic of Nigeria declares that all flags in Nigeria and our missions abroad be flown at half mast on Sunday, September 11, 2022, and Monday 12, 2022.”