One of the delegates to the National Conference, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), yesterday called for change of name of “NIGERIA” name to “AIREGIN”, arguing that the name Nigeria was
twisted by the colonialists.
The lawyer said the change of the country’s name would make a clean brake from the past.
Speaking yesterday, while contributing at plenary during debate on report of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government with Gen.
Ike Nwachukwu and Mohammed Umara Kumalia as co-Chairmen, Ozekhome also called for a reversal from the present National Anthem to the former and older one, which was written by Taiwo Akinwumi, adding that the old flag that was designed with the rising sun on it should be re-introduced against the backdrop that it was peculiar with all parts of the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the delegate, who noted that when the country replaces all these, it would then help Nigeria wash off the colonial legacy, adding,
“It was a colonial imposed name, which should be changed to reflect originality.
“I want to move that this conference should consider changing the name of the country to reflect our originality.
The name Nigeria was a colonial imposition, which must be corrected. The name was given to the country by Lady Flora Shaw who later became Lady Lugard”.