- The presidency is setting the record straight amid reports that the federal government made a request for the country's name to be changed
- Bashir Ahmad, a presidential aide on Thursday, June 3, clarified that the Nigerian leader nor the governement has anything to do with it
- Recall that the House of Reps on Wednesday, June 2, received a proposal to consider changing Nigeria's name to the United African Republic
FCT, Abuja - The personal assistant to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, has stated that neither the Nigerian government nor President Muhammadu Buhari submitted the change of name proposal to the House of Representatives.
Ahmad in a tweet on Thursday, June 3, stated that the request was submitted to the lower legislative chamber by an individual or a group.
Legit.ng gathered that the presidential aide made the remark in reaction to reports that Buhari made the request.
According to him, a number of people had already taken it to their head, accusing the president of something he absolutely has no hand in.
House of Reps asked to change Nigeria’s name
Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant in Lagos has sent a proposal to the House of Representatives to consider changing Nigeria's name to the United African Republic.
Jokotoye submitted the proposal to the House's committee on constitution review on Wednesday, June 2.
He argued that changing the name Nigeria which was coined by Flora Shaw, the wife of Lord Lugard, will make for national unity and peace.
Jokotoye went on to state that even the Bible shows that God is very much in support of name change.
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However, the political activist said should the country decide to go for a change of name, "The Republic of SONGHAI" should be adopted.
He explained in a tweet posted on Thursday, June 3, that the ancient Songhai empire extended to parts of present Nigeria.