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Museums Commission holds photo expo for late head of state, Murtala

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMMs) on Friday in Lagos held a photo exhibition in honour of late Head of State, Gen Murtala…

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMMs) on Friday in Lagos held a photo exhibition in honour of late Head of State, Gen Murtala Mohammed .
 
The exhibition was tagged: "Our Hero Past: General Murtala Ramat Mohammed."
 
The photographs exhibited ranged from those of the late General’s childhood, early education, military career and assassination on February 13, 1976.
 
Speaking at the event, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by  Director General of Centre for Black African Civilisation (CBAAC) Chief Ferdinand Anikwe, described the late head of state as a man who lived a worthy, patriotic and heroic life worthy of emulation.
 
“There is nothing done to remember this great hero that is too much. Rather, it is in appreciation of his great contributions to the social, economic and political development of the nation," the minister said.
 
The director general of the museums commission Mallam Yusuf Usman said: “The exhibition was specifically planned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his brutal assassination on February 13, 1976.”
 
He added that: “This exhibition is a humble attempt to raise awareness to celebrate the vanguard of that era and promote the ideals for which he died as a befitting epitaph for the fallen patriot.
 
“His tomb has been proposed as a national monument by the Commission as a practical reminder of the great contributions of the great man.”
 
Mrs. Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, daughter of the late Murtala, said it was an emotional experience for her and expressed gratitude to the NCMMs and Nigerians for honouring her late father.
 
She said: “It is a very emotional day for me but I am happy that many Nigerians remember my father even 40 years after his death. Our family is happy to be celebrating his life and legacies today.”

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