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Nigerians React to the Propose New Name for Nigeria {‘United Africa Republic’}


A proposal to change Nigeria’s name to the United African Republic has been greeted with stiff criticism by Nigerians across the country.

The House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Review on Wednesday received a proposal to change Nigeria to the ‘United African Republic’.

The proposal that was submitted by Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant to the committee at the South-West zonal public hearing, explained that the new name was necessary as the name Nigeria was given by our colonial master.

However, no sooner than this was mentioned than Nigerians took to their Twitter handle and lambasted the initiator of the idea with unfriendly words.

Many queries if the change of name is the very problem bedevilling the country that needs urgent attention. This just as many Nigerians also perceived some sinister motive behind the new name United African Republic {UAR}.

In the first place, they demand an explanation of what United Africa is got to do with the new name. Some Nigerian have accused the lawmakers of planning to bring other Fulanis in other countries to Nigeria, while some said it is a ploy to escape paying Nigeria’s international debts.

Here are some Nigerian tweets:

@OloriSupergal said: ”In Lagos, according to Jokotoye, the name ‘Nigeria’ was imposed on the country in the colonial era, hence it should be changed. Jokotoye also explained that he chose the ‘United Africa Republic’ because the country is made up of hundreds of ethnic groups that need to be United.
”He also suggested as an alternative, ‘United Alkebulan Republic’ (Alkebulan means ‘mother of mankind’). What do you think about this name suggestion? #OSGNews #OloriSupergal
”That Jokotoye is not sitting properly. Something is wrong somewhere because if everything is right, Jokotoye will not be suggesting the United African Republic.”
Mad people indeed. What is united about Nigeria? United in trying to kill and out-control each other? United to loot? Madness.  The name will only be appropriate when we restore the 1963-regional constitution. Insecurity in the East will die

”Come to think of it. The United African Republic sounds great. The problem is that. We can never be United. If Pakistan and India couldn’t work as one nation. then the United African Republic will still never work.”

Daniel Omokhojie @ikhanvbode

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