- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has advocated for change of name for Nigeria as a country
- The apex Igbo group said that the name depicts retrogression and corruption
- Chuks Ibegbu, the deputy spokesman of the group, said that Nigerians should meet to decide on the new name
In what seems like a drama, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Monday, October 28, called for the urgent change of the name of Nigeria as a country to a better and positive name.
The Nation reports that the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation said that the change became necessary “as the name, Nigeria, connotes lack of progress, corruption and darkness.”
Legit.ng gathered that Chuks Ibegbu, the deputy spokesman of the organisation, in a statement noted that the name, “Nigeria was given to us by a lover of Lord Lugard who later became his wife and was given at the heat of passion.
He said many countries in Africa, Asia and even Europe changed their colonial names after independence but "we foolishly stuck to the name with all its attendant minuses."
The group also challenged Nigerians to have an immediate conference where different indigenous names could be agreed upon as the new name of the country, insisting that “unless we change our name, our numerous problems may have no solution because there is something in a name.”
“Though the name Igbo was not given to us by anybody if any day we find out any question mark on it, we shall change it. We are not Ibo but Igbo and Ndigbo,” it said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the president general of the group, John Nwodo, said it is the turn of the Igbo to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023.
It was reported that Nwodo, however, warned that anybody plotting to deny the Igbo the slot will be throwing the country into chaos.
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