Centenary of Amalgamation: Nigeria Must Re-invent Its Name, Flag, Anthem And All -Prof. Akin Oyebode
Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode has said a celebration of the one hundred years of amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorate on 1st January, 1914 would amount to basking over enslavement. He said the amalgamation, as well as naming of the country was in the Business interest of the British colonialists, without consent of the local potentates. He opined that Nigerians, rather than rejoice over the amalgamation, should consider a re-negotiation of the basis to uphold the 'forced' union. Although he said the union was not bad as it makes Nigeria the most populous in Africa and would add resonance to people's voices in the international community, Professor Oyebode however said he wasn't sure Nigerians want to continue adopting the name bequeathed on the country by the colonialist.