Hoodlums in Onitsha, Anambra State,South Eastern,Nigeriia have destroyed the statue of Nigeria’s first president, Nnamdi Azikiwe, erected in the city.
The hoodlums are suspected to be some of those who hijacked the #EndSARS protest to wreak havoc.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the statue, located at Denis Memorial Grammar School roundabout in Onitsha, was erected months ago by Governor Willie Obiano to further beautify the city.
While vandalising the statue, the hoodlums, armed with dangerous weapons including machetes, were heard venting their anger against the late Nigerian statesman.
One of Azikiwe’s kinsmen, Victor Ononye, described the incident as “heresy and sacrilegious’’.
He said Mr Azikiwe must be expressing regrets at the action as the deceased statesman was one of the architects of independent Nigeria.
“What happened at the DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, which I saw with my own eyes, evoked tears,’’ he said.
He called the attackers, who hung a disused tyre on the statue before dousing it with petrol and torching it, many unprintable names.
“They decapitated the hand and went away with his title staff. That is the height of ingratitude by ignorant people who know nothing about history,’’ he said.
Mr Ononye said the hoodlums destroyed all the ornaments used in beautifying the site of the statue.
“They were few in number. Why the police, a stone throw away to the roundabout, could not intervene, was a mystery.
“All the iron bars erected round the site were removed. All the decorative lights and materials around the site were vandalised.