Nigerians react to change of name proposal
Reactions have trailed the proposal received by the House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Constitution Review to change Nigeria’s name to the United African Republic.
The proposal was submitted by a tax consultant, Adeleye Jokotoye to the committee at the South West Zonal Public Hearing in Lagos on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
Jokotoye said Nigeria’s current name was an imposition of its past colonial masters and should be changed.
He said a change of name for the country would physically and psychologically reflect a new beginning.
“At this crossroads in our history, it is mandatory that we change our name to reflect a new beginning which will be ushered in with a new constitution,” he said.
The tax consultant explained he chose United African Republic because Nigeria is made up of hundreds of ethnic groups that need to be united.
As an alternative, he suggested that Nigeria could also choose United Alkebulan Republic (meaning: United Mother of Mankind Republic) as its new name.
He further suggested amendments to the constitution to reflect fiscal federalism, state or regional resource and taxation control, removal of immunity clause, and review of the Exclusive Legislative List.
Nigerians however took to Twitter to share their opinion on the proposal.