Following the reports of a letter addressed to the House of Representatives for the name of Nigeria to be changed to United African Republic or United Alkebulan Republi, it has sparked an avalanche of reactions.
A tax consultant Adeleye Jokotoye, submitted a proposal to the committee at the South West Zonal Public Hearing in Lagos on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 as he urged the House of Representatives to change the name of the country from its colonial masters to signify a new phase.
His proposal read;
First and foremost, I want to recommend a name change from Nigeria to the United Africans Republic (UAR).
The significance of name change cannot be overemphasised. Even God our father, in the Holy books, changed names of prophets e.g. Saul to Paul, Jacob to Israel, etc. The reason for name change is to physically and psychologically reflect a new beginning.
Thus, 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. The word ‘Africa’ is a Greek word meaning ‘Without Cold’. Africa was originally called ‘Alkebulan’, meaning ‘Mother of Mankind’ (Garden of Eden).
Alkebulan is the oldest and the only word of indigenous origin used by Moors, Nubians and Ethiopians. So, if we like, we can go a step further and name our nation, United Alkebulan Republic (meaning ‘United Mother of Mankind Republic).
The new constitution should also give room for continuous review as and when due, and future referendum if required also want to suggest the following.
The constitution should provide for a council for each of these offices where six members from each geo-political zone will be represented to take collective unanimous decisions for the office, instead of one man holding all the powers of the office.
These council members will attain the position by seniority and numbers of years in service, and they will each need a department in the service as well as being council members.
The proposal sparked some mixed reactions as Nigerians flocked to the micro blogging app to express their opinions. Below are some reaction.