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Photos: The Nnamdi Azikiwe Mausoleum Completed By Buhari

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Photos: Zik Mausoleum completed By President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has completed the mausoleum in honour of Nigeria’s first president, Dr.  Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Azikiwe, a foremost Nigerian nationalist died on 11 May, 1996, during the Abacha administration. He was 92 years old.

First president of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe

A Mausoleum was to be erected in his honour. A contract was awarded and work started 21 years ago.

The mausoleum was later to be abandoned and became a playground of all kinds of reptiles.

The Buhari administration faced the project squarely, despite dwindling finances of the country and completed the mausoleum.

Inside the Mausoelum

Last Monday, Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Raji Fashola was the mausoleum site in Zik’s famous town of Onitsha, Anambra State to declare the project completed, 21 years after.

Fashola, who came in company of Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity described the completion of the project as `promise kept’.

Fashola and Ngige at the Zik Mausoleum on Monday

“During the build up to 2015 general elections, President Muhammad Buhari made commitment that he would complete Azikiwe’s mausoleum, today Mr President has kept his words and we are happy,” he said.

Fashola said though equipment of the monument was yet to be accomplished, the federal government would before long do the furnishing.

The edifice that is part of the mausoleum

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Ngige who also spoke, described the completion of the Mausoleum as sign of `Mr President’s open and fair leadership style’.

“As a South East son, I am happy that this project for the memory of our late father and son was finally completed, it is a big honour done to our people by Mr President,” he said.

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