A faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, weekend, asked the federal government to rename the Aso Villa after Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday at 96.
Ohanaeze was reacting to a post by a styled politician, Adamu Garba, wishing the renaming of the Universiry of Ngeria, Nsukka, after the late Queen.
Ohanaeze, in a statement signed by its secretary-general, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said South-East already immortalised the late monarch as seen in the Queen Elizabeth Medical Center, Umuahia, Abia state.
According to the statement, “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, as it has already bequeathed a legacy in southeastern Nigeria.
“Novices like APC presidential aspirant Adamu Garba should know that the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia, was renamed after the late British Monarch and is known as Queen Elizabeth Medical Center, Umuahia.
“But Nigerians are yet to see the late Queen Elizabeth’s legacies in northern Nigeria, and it is appropriate for the north to have a fair share of the Queen’s legacy.
“If the Nigerian government and the presidency wish to immortalize late Britain’s Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, they should look at the role of the Queen in granting Nigeria political freedom and Independence on 1st October 1960, so the most appropriate place to show gratitude to Great Britain Monarch should be the citadel of power.
“The federal government should rename the Aso Rock presidential state house and residence after Queen Elizabeth II. This is the best place to honour Queen Elizabeth II, not the University of Nigeria Nsukka, because it’s incendiary to destroy the symbol of Nigeria’s citadel of learning.”