Nigeria@60: Federal lawmaker wants Obafemi Awolowo declared national hero

Nigeria@60: Federal lawmaker wants Obafemi Awolowo declared national hero

- A member of House of Representatives, Ajao Adejumo, wants Nigeria to give Obafemi Awolowo a posthumous honour

- The lawmaker is seeking the support of his colleagues to declare Awolowo a national hero

- Adejumo said Awolowo along with other patriots contributed immensely to the nation-building

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Ajao Adejumo, a member of the House of Representatives, has called on the federal government to honour the late sage and former premier of the defunct western region of Nigeria.

The Nation reports that the lawmaker urged Nigerians to support a bill for an act to declare late Obafemi Awolowo a national hero.

Legit.ng gathered that Adejumo, who is the sponsor of the bill, made the call in a statement while felicitating with Nigerians on the occasion of the 60th Independence anniversary of the country.

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Nigeria@60: Federal lawmaker wants Obafemi Awolowo declared national hero

Obafemi Awolowo, the former premier of the defunct west region of Nigeria. Source: Britanica.com
Source: UGC

The lawmaker who represents Ogbomosho/North/South/Orire federal constituency of Oyo said that declaring Awolowo a national hero would further unite the country. He noted how Awolowo along with other patriots contributed immensely to nation-building.

He said Awolowo who features on the N100 note was the premier of the then western region, a journalist and a federal commissioner during the civil war.

Adejumo recalled that Awolowo was also the flagbearer of the then United Party of Nigeria (UPN), where he ran for president in 1979 and 1983.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the House of Representatives withdrew the water resources bill which the lower chamber passed two months ago.

It was reported that the controversial bill on Tuesday, September 29, caused a row during the plenary of the House as members of the green chamber strongly opposed the procedure adopted in passing the bill.

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The PDP lawmaker argued that the procedure for the passage of the bill was faulty, adding that the House unanimously resolved to gazette the bill for reconsideration but it wasn't.

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