President Bola Tinubu has been scheduled to attend this year’s annual lecture of the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe ‘Zik Annual Lecture’, as the Chief Guest of Honour at the event.
This was made known by the Director-General of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Annual Lecture, Chief Chineme Onyeke during a chat with journalists on Tuesday.
Onyeke noted that the event is billed to be held on Thursday, November 15, 2023, at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja.
According to him, the FCT Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike, who is the chief host, will declare the event open, while a former governor of Niger State, Alhaji Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (The Chief Servant) will be the Keynote Speaker at the event.
The DG noted that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume is also expected to be in attendance, along with a host of other prominent personalities both within and outside the country.
Onyeke said other prominent Nigerians to grace the occasion are the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar III who is billed to be the Chairman of the occasion, while Zik’s wife, Professor Emeritus, Dame, Uche Azikiwe, CFR, will be the Mother of the Day according to the Director General.
According to the DG, Zik’s Annual Lecture remains a rallying point for Nigerians to x-ray the various issues bedevilling the nation and find ways of fostering unity and common understanding among Nigerians as espoused by Zik when he was alive.
“Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, whose canvas undoubtedly traversed the entire length and breadth of the African continent, was the first among equals within the colony of our country’s founding fathers.
“Zik stood for the unity of Nigeria even against his interest; believing till his last breath in Nigeria as one united country, perpetual and eternal where though tribe and tongue may differ brotherhood remains its rock-solid foundation.
“This is what we need most in the country now; men and women who will rise above self and tribal sentiment; it is a virtue this generation of leaders must imbibe for the country to move forward,” Onyeke stressed.
“This forthcoming event promises to be a commemoration of the 119th posthumous birthday anniversary of the visionary leader’s enduring legacy,” he added.