Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has told the Buhari-led federal government to rename the presidential villa (Aso Rock) in Abuja after Queen Elizabeth II.
Recall Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at 96 years old.
In his tribute message to the monarch, Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant, in a tweet, suggested that the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, Enugu, should be renamed after the British monarch.
He said, “In order to immortalised (sic) Queen Elizabeth, we should rename the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to Queen Elizabeth University of Nigeria since it is the first University in Nigeria,” Garba tweeted.
However, reacting, the Chidi Ibeh-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said such a remark was capable of instigating conflict in the country.
According to the statement, “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.”