The House of Representatives is set to deliberate a proposal to change the country’s name to United African Republic.
The proposal is set to be debated on the floor of the House in the coming days.
A tax consultant, Mr. Adeleye Jokotaye, had submitted the proposal for a name change to United African Republic. Jokotaye made the submission at the South-West Zonal Public hearing in Lagos on Wednesday.
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Equally important, he had stated that the current name – Nigeria – is a relic of the country’s colonial past; noting that it should be changed to reflect a free, prosperous and united nation.
Furthermore, Jokotaye had revealed that a name change to United African Republic would herald 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. Nigeria comprises hundreds of ethnic groups that should be united and the new name reflects this,’’ Jokotaye had argued.
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Consequently, the Special Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has confirmed it is set to debate the proposal for a name change to United African Republic.
Meanwhile, Bodmas Kemepadeia, an aide to the Bayelsa State Governor, has been picked up the Department of State Services (DSS) for alleged inciting comments made against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kemepadei is a social media aide to the governor.
He was arrested by operatives of the DSS after a video which went viral on social media. In the video, Kemepadei had criticised the current administration of President Buhari over the current state of insecurity and the economy.
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However, the Bayelsa Government on Tuesday dissociated Gov Douye Diri from the comments made by Kemepadeia.
Specifically, the Bayelsa government held that the views expressed by the aide were his personal opinion. This was disclosed by Mr Kola Oredipe, Director, New Media, Bayelsa State Government. Oredipe refuted the comments in a statement he issued on Tuesday in Yenagoa.
Further, he noted that Kemepadei lacked the powers and authority to speak for Diri.
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