Change Nigeria’s Name From What Was Given By Lugard’s Girlfriend, HURIWA Tells National Assembly

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has known as for the scrapping of the identify, ‘Nigeria’.

HURIWA known as on the National Assembly to think about a brand new identify for the nation in its proposed constitutional modification.


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According to the group, the identify ‘Nigeria’ has no root within the nation because it was given by a white woman, who coined the time period.

History books taught {that a} British journalist and author, Flora Louise Shaw, popularly generally known as Lady Lugard, coined the identify “Nigeria” in 1897.

Speaking at a press convention in Abuja on Tuesday, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, famous that the identify is without doubt one of the main causes some persons are referring to Nigeria as a zoo.

One of such individuals is Nnamdi Kanu, chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who addresses his homeland as a zoo.

Onwubiko mentioned, “Another proposition I wish to make is in regards to the identify ‘Nigeria’. In amending the structure, the identify Nigeria needs to be scrapped. It is a overseas contraption given to us by a lady from Briton.

“None of our ancestors gave us that identify Nigeria. Are we saying that we don’t have …we in HURIWA can provide the National Assembly 100 names if they’re in search of a reputation to offer Nigeria.

“Nigeria will not be our identify. Nigeria is a reputation that was imposed on us by…don’t take a look at it like I’m speaking down on the woman, a lady who sat down someplace after taking a cup or two of ogogoro (native gin) and simply mentioned, ‘Nigeria’ and we simply accepted it.

“My father was not there. Our ancestors weren’t there. So how can we settle for a baptismal identify that was imposed on us? You can’t identify a toddler in its absence. Did any Nigerian give Britain the identify ‘Great Britain’?

“We can’t proceed with a reputation given to us by a lady who got here from Britain to go to her boyfriend and sat someplace and say Nigeria. We ought to to begin with reject the identify Nigeria and carve a reputation for ourselves.

“Other nations throughout Africa determined to do this a few of them they gave Gold Coast they usually rejected it as a result of we’re not doing slave commerce right here. They carved a brand new identify for themselves.

“We’re all conscious that many of the nations in Africa modified their names, so why not we modify ours. Let’s change this identify. This identify has turn out to be problematic to us.

“That’s why a mad man is someplace saying Nigeria is a zoo. Maybe as soon as we modify the identify, they’ll cease calling us zoo. We’re now not within the zoo.

“When someone keeps calling you a zoo if you don’t take the time you’ll start behaving like someone in the zoo. So let us change this name Nigeria.”

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