PRINCESS FUNMILAYO ADESANYA-DAVIES (Ph.D)
JUNE 8, 2021
MAIN TITLE: FEDERAL STRUCTURE
SUB-TITLE: FEDERAL STRUCTURE : RENAME NIGERIA AS “UNITED NATIONS OF NIGERIA” –“ UNN”
The name Nigeria was suggested and named in the late 19th Century by British journalist Flora Shaw, who later married the British colonial administrator Lord Frederick Lugard. It is derived from the River Niger which enters the country from the north-west and flows down to the Niger Delta where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean through its many tributaries.
“We have learnt of recent that Fulani herdsmen all over Africa are said to have arrived the shores of Nigeria “to take over what they claim to be their fatherland” erroneously, i.e, the land of the indigenous people of Nigeria. And we all live and are subdued under these threats and panic attacks and ongoing colossal destruction. Is Mr. Jokotoye still living, ravishing and luxuriating in the past!
Mr. Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant, dropped something at the hearing in Lagos, says that, he wants the name of the country changed to United African Republic as the current name was an imposition by Nigeria’s past colonial masters. “The significance of name change cannot be overemphasised. According to him, “Even God our father, in the Holy books, changed names of prophets e.g. Saul to Paul, Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, etc. The reason for the name change is to physically and psychologically reflect a new beginning.” He said, at the crossroads in Nigeria’s history, “it is mandatory that we change our name to reflect a new beginning which will be ushered in with a new constitution.”
He added, “The word ‘Africa’ is a Greek word meaning ‘Without Cold’. Africa was originally called ‘Alkebulan’, meaning ‘Mother of Mankind’ (Garden of Eden),” Jokotoye said. “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).”
Adesanya-Davies, a University Don, a linguist, with her area of specialisation in Applied linguistics speaking on this issue of nomenclature, agreed with Jokotoye that the name, “Nigeria” was imposed by Nigeria’s past colonial masters and that Nigeria needs a new constitution and a NEW beginning. Notwithstanding, the new name shouldn’t be UAR, if the name should be changed, it would need to be critically and thoughtfully changed by professionals towards a positive national orientation and goal. Thus, in the same vein, Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies has suggested a new nomenclature, coined as the “UNITED NATIONS OF NIGERIA”, at the Public hearing.
On the same burning issue, on 4th. June 2021, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad has denied that, “the president is not responsible for the proposed change of Nigeria’s name to the United African Republic. Bashir Ahmad, Buhari’s special assistant on news media, said a group or individual was responsible for proposing the United African Republic as a name for Nigeria. “It’s not the Nigerian government, particularly, President Buhari that submitted the change of name proposal, it’s an individual or a group that submitted it,” Ahmad tweeted on Thursday.
Further readings show that, large number of people have already taken it to their head, accusing the President of something he absolutely has no hand in it. The presidential aide’s response came after Nigeria’s House of Representatives received a proposal to rename Nigeria to the United African Republic (UAR), for which President Buhari is not interested.
REVIEWS AND EXAMPLES ON WHY TO RENAME NIGERIA
British named them *Burma.* They rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves *Myanmar.*
-British named them *Upper Volta*, but they rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves *Burkina Faso* – Land of Incorruptible People.
-British named them *Gold Coast,* they rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves *Ghana.*
-British named them *Southern Rhodesia.* They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves *Zimbabwe.*
-British named them *Northern Rhodesia.* They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves *Zambia.*
-British named them *Tanganyika.* They rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves *Tanzania.*
-Germans named them *colony of South West Africa.* They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves *Namibia.*
-France named them *Dahomey.* They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves *Benin.*
-Belgium named them *Zaire.* However, they rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves *Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).*
-Britain named a bunch of people – *Nigeria.* They rather kill to preserve it than restructure and give themselves a befitting new name.
*”It is only an animal that bears the name that is given to it by his enemy”* (Proverb).
HOW TO MOVE NIGERIA FORWARD
What you call ethnic groups in Nigeria are called nations in Europe.
There’s nowhere in the world where the white man accepts domination from another white man in perpetuity. The Communist edifices in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and the big brother, USSR, all collapsed, while the two Germans that are ethnically the same but split by communism vs capitalism were reunited. Such is the power of ethnic nationalism.
Czechoslovakia was made up of two ethnic groups, the Czech and the Slovakians. Both separated peacefully on 1st January 1993. The former is today 10.6 million people and the latter 5.4 million. Added together, they’re not up to Lagos. Yet, they split for peace. Two masters can’t be in the same house.
Yugoslavia in 1991 was 23.2 million, barely more than Lagos population. It broke into six countries same year – all along ethnic lines, namely: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.
Adesanya-Davies says that, “We believe that all patriotic, peace loving, God fearing and well wishers of Nigeria would embrace and encourage this creative and intelligence move of brilliance and wisdom to change the name Nigeria towards a functional restructured and regionalised Nation to the “UNITED NATIONS OF NIGERIA” – with Five (5) regions.”
As a format for Regionalism, I agree and propose the name “UNITED NATIONS OF NIGERIA” (UNN), consisting of FIVE (5) UNITED NATIONS OF NIGERIA, namely:
(1) ODUDUWA YORUBA REPUBLIC
(2) AREWA ISLAMIC REPUBLIC
(3) MIDDLE-BELT REPUBLIC
(4) BIAFRA CHRISTIAN REPUBLIC
(5) NIGER DELTA REPUBLIC.
Rename Nigeria and regionalised and rename it under 5 Regions having the States under them. Long live an advanced restructured and regionalised Nigeria, as I speak as a Nigerian Princess, linguist, – a woman, advocating a new name for Nigeria: The “UNITED NATIONS OF NIGERIA, as British journalist lady Flora Shaw earlier on did.”
PRINCESS Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies
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