Nigeria needs a change of name - Professor Oyebode

Nigeria needs a change of name - Professor Oyebode

- Professor Akin Oyebode said Nigeria should change its name to Republic of Songhai

- Oyebode said the Green White Green does not symbolize anything progressive

- The professor earlier called for constitutional and electoral reforms to accommodate electronic voting and transmission of results

Akin Oyebode, a renowned professor of international law and jurisprudence, has again suggested that Nigeria's name should be changed to Republic of Songhai

Daily Trust reports that Oyebode said although many people have condemned him, he believed Songhai has some connection with Africa would give the country a sense of direction.

The varsity don made this known at the University of Lagos during a lecture organized by the UNILAG Mass Communication Alumni Association titled, “Brand Nigeria: Ignite.”

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He said Nigeria should emulate Ghana when her first President, Kwame Nkrumah changed the former Gold Coast to Ghana after Independence from Britain in 1957.

Oyebode rated late Nkrumah as a genius as his decision to give another name to the old Gold Coast gave the country and its citizens “a sense of direction”.

He pointed out that even the colour of Nigeria flag, Green White Green, does not symbolize anything progressive, saying, as late music legend Fela Anikulapo asserted, Green was the colour of stupidity.

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“That is why we need to change the flag so that we would not be brandishing our stupidity to the rest of the world.

"For Nigeria to rebrand, it must change its name. We need a new name and brand to give Nigeria a sense of direction so that we can empathize with this symbol of nationhood. Right now, we are alienated from all that we claim to brandish as the epitome of Nigerianness."

Legit.ng previously reported that Akin Oyebode, a professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, called for constitutional and electoral reforms to accommodate electronic voting and transmission of results.

Oyebode in Lagos that such reforms would strengthen electoral processes in the country. He said: “Nigeria is trudging along a steep learning curve as far as elections are concerned despite having a history stretching all the way back to 1922."

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