The proposal suggests United African Republic or United Alkebulan Republic as Nigeria’s new name.
The House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Constitution Review has received a proposal to change Nigeria’s name to the United African Republic.
Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant, submitted the proposal to the committee at the South West Zonal Public Hearing in Lagos on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
While presenting the proposal, he 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.
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“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.
Explaining why he chose United African Republic, Jokotoye said 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.
The tax consultant also 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.
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Obasanjo Mind Your Languages – Femi Adesina Warns Fmr President
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo should mind his language, and Femi Falana, an “anarchist,” must stop feigning being an activist, says Femi Adesina.
Mr Adesina is President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide.
Mr Falana, a lawyer and human rights activist, was reported to have demanded an apology from the police for harassing Nigerians who protested against Mr Buhari’s regime on Democracy Day.
This month, ex-President Obasanjo had spoken about the need for Nigerians to be united to avoid the country’s disintegration.
But Mr Adesina believed the two individuals should not be commenting on the current goings-on in the country, as he stated in his latest Facebook article on Thursday.
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“And what of Olusegun Obasanjo, a civil war hero. Despite all that he has contributed to the current upheavals by his actions and inactions, words, and bile, he says it is idiotic to wish Nigeria disintegration now. Good. But let us put our money where our mouth is. Let Baba mind his thoughts and his language,” the president’s media aide said as he castigated Mr Obasanjo.
Censuring Mr Falana and his ilk, Mr Adesina stated, “Last Saturday, as Nigeria celebrated Democracy Day, some people wanted to stoke protests, riots, and destruction. Did the system allow it? Not at all. Should it have been allowed? Not when there is still law and order in the land.
“Only anarchists would set the country on fire in the name of Democracy Day protests. And it was sad, tragic, to hear some so-called activists asking the police to apologise to Nigerians for not folding their arms and allowing the country to go into a tailspin. Anarchists masquerading as activists.”
I’ll Be Here Even After 2023, I’m Not Retiring From Politics Soon – Ganduje
Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said he is not retiring from politics like Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State and he will remain active even beyond 2023.
Governor Ganduje told newsmen that his political influence can not be tamed in a few years as he is still actively in the system.
“My Political dexterity goes beyond the 1970s and I will remain active in politics even beyond 2023 not retiring because I’m not entirely tired of the system”.
Ganduje hints that he can not clearly spell out what or which position he is going for, “but let me assure you that I will remain active because that is what I have been doing since the early 70s”.
When answering questions on who will be his successor after 2023, the Governor refused to specifically say but assured that delegates who are going to vote for the next person will do a diligent job.
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“On who will succeed me, I think one should allow the delegates to decide that because as you rightly know, Kano politics is something else you don’t sometimes interfere with and if you do you will be on your own”.
Governor Umar Ganduje also noted that Nigeria is in dire need of a peaceful resolution out of the several insecurities and as such all hands should be on deck to make things better.
The Governor commended regional socio-cultural groups like Ohanaeze Ndigbo, ACF, Afenifere and the Middle Belt group for identifying themselves with one Nigeria Project.
“And for those young ones who think they could divide the country by their agitations, they should know that they are alone in their quest and this is because their elders have actively identified with one Nigeria entity”.
These young Nigerians should know that our diversity is a source of our strength and pride and we should use it for a better nation than create problems that would consume us and push us to crises”, Ganduje warned.
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