The socio-cultural body , Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has asked that the name of Nigeria be changed urgently to a better and meaningful one.
Ohanaeze said the change became necessary “as the name, Nigeria, connotes lack of progress, corruption, and darkness.”
The call was made by the deputy spokesman of Ohanaeze, Comrade Chuks Ibegbu in a statement on Monday.
He said 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.
“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.”
Ohanaeze further called for an immediate conference where different indigenous names could be agreed upon as the new name of the country.
It maintained that “unless we change our name, our numerous problems may have no solution because there is something in a name.”
“While no one gave us the name Igbo, we would change it if we figure out any question mark on it any day. Not Ibo, we’re Igbo and Ndigbo. The indigenous people of Africa will expunge all colonial vestiges.”
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