Following the unkempt nature of the multi-million naira Zik’s mausoleum built by the Federal Government in Onitsha in honour of the late first President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has urged the federal authorities to hand over its management to Anambra State government.
The monarch, who made the demand after inspection of the mausoleum by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, observed that the edifice was just a solitary building, adding that passers-by only notice a building overgrown with grass there.
He told the minister: “I understand that you expected us, the host community, to do something about Zik’s Mausoleum. We, therefore, want to say hand it over to us and we will take care of it.
Fashola explained that Governor Willie Obiano had also spoken on the willingness of the state government to take over the management of the mausoleum.
According to him, the transfer of the management would bridge the gap of the ownership the Federal Government had been looking for.