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AfDB President Adesina Proposes Renaming Nigeria to ‘United States of Nigeria’ 

AfDB President Adesina advocates constitutional changes for Nigeria, and suggests renaming the country to “United States of Nigeria.”

Akinwumi A. Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has proposed that Nigeria should be renamed the “United States of Nigeria.”

He said this in a statement issued on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Industrialisation, Prof. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka.

Adesina, who was awarded the 2024 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership made the suggestion in his speech titled ‘Making a New Nigeria: Welfarist policies and people-centred development’.

He clarified that renaming the country the “United States of Nigeria” will alter how the states and Abuja view one another, with the states serving as the pivot and the centre as their ally rather than their overlord.

He said: “We must be audacious! Instead of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we could think of the United States of Nigeria. The old would give way to the new.

“We would change the relational mindset between the states and Abuja – the fulcrum would be the states, while the centre would support them, not lord over them.

“With good governance, better accountability systems, and zero tolerance for corruption, more economically stronger constituent states would emerge! We would unleash massive wealth across the states. A New Nigeria would arise! To do so, we will need all of us, not some of us from our forgotten rural villages to our boisterous and dynamic urban areas; from the sparks of desire in the eyes of our children to the lingering hope in the hearts of our youths.

 “From the yearnings of our women and mothers and our men and fathers for a better tomorrow, and the desires of the old that our end would be better than our past and from the hardworking street vendors and small businesses to the largest business conglomerates, we must create a movement of hope.”

He added: “The achievement of economically viable entities and the viability of the national entity requires constitutional changes to devolve more economic and fiscal powers to the states or regions. The stronger the states or regions, the stronger the federated units.”

Segun James

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