Hoodlums in Onitsha, Anambra, have destroyed the statue of Nigeria’s first president Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, erected within the metropolis.
The hoodlums are suspected to be a few of those that hijacked the #EndSARS protest to wreak havoc.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the statute, situated at Denis Memorial Grammar Faculty roundabout in Onitsha, was erected months in the past by Gov. Willie Obiano to additional beautify the town.
Whereas vandalising the statue, the hoodlums, armed with harmful weapons together with machetes, have been heard venting their anger towards the late Nigerian statesman.
“You’re the reason for our bother,’’ was one of many uncomplimentary remarks the hoodlums chanted.
Considered one of Azikiwe’s kinsmen, Mr Victor Ononye, described the incident as “heresy and sacrilegious’’.
He mentioned Dr Azikiwe should be expressing regrets on the motion because the deceased statesman was one of many architects of impartial Nigeria.
“What occurred on the DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, which I noticed with my very own eyes, evoked tears,’’ he mentioned.
He referred to as the hoodlums, who hung a disused tyre on statue earlier than dousing it with petrol and torching it, many unprintable names.
“They decapitated the hand and went away along with his title employees. That’s the top of ingratitude by ignorant individuals who know nothing about historical past,’’ he mentioned.
Ononye mentioned the hoodlums destroyed all of the ornaments utilized in beautifying the positioning of the statue.
“They have been few in quantity. Why the police, a stone throw away to the roundabout, couldn’t intervene, was a thriller.
“All of the iron bars erected spherical the positioning have been eliminated. All the ornamental lights and supplies across the web site have been vandalised.
“I noticed two vigilante males brandishing rifles and driving on a motorbike. They stopped and the boys hailed them they usually rode off.
“It’s a pity! Zik of Africa; the sage, who facilitated the tip of the Nigeria civil struggle; Zik who constructed Nigeria’s foremost College for excellence within the training, doesn’t deserve this,’’ he lamented.