House of Reps receives proposal to change Nigeria’s name to UAR
On Wednesday, the Special Committee on Constitutional Review of the House of Representatives received a proposal to alter Nigeria’s name to the United African Republic.
Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant, presented the idea before the committee on June 2, 2021 at the South West Zonal Public Hearing in Lagos.
During his presentation, he stated that Nigeria’s existing name was imposed by its previous colonial Master and that it should be replaced.
According to Jokotoye, 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.
Explaining why he chose United African Republic, the consultant 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.
He 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.