A popular road in the Owerri capital of Imo state has been renamed.
The road which was named after a former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has since remained subject to crisis within the state as many opposed the move, the road will now be known as Mbazuluike Amaechi road, Governor Emeka Ihedioha said, he added that it was a mark of honour for true patriots who contributed to nation-building.
The immediate past governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha named the road after the former South African president Jacob Zuma. Okorocha had also honoured Zuma with a giant statue in the heart of Owerri, alongside some other African leaders.
The road is now to be known as Mbazuluike Amaechi road, this was done by Governor Emeka Ihedioha yesterday at a commemoration ceremony in honour of the elder statesman.
Amaechi was the aviation minister in the First Republic and is the only surviving member of the Zikist Movement, founded by Nigeria’s 1st president, Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was in attendance for the 90th birthday celebration of the elder statesman, he commended the leadership and governing policies of the Imo state Governor, saying “Some of us have said that you have what it takes to make this state one of the leading states in our country,
I believe that God who made you Governor of Imo State this time will give you the knowledge to do what needs to be done for Imo state, to make it one of the leading states in the country” The Governor, Emeka Ihedioha disclosed this information in one of his official Facebook pages known as “Emeka Ihedioha Supporters”.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News