Naira Marley has joined other Nigerian celebrities like Timi Dakolo and Tacha Akide who have reacted to calls for a change of the country’s name to the “United Africans Republic (UAR)”.

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Amid heightened tension in Nigeria, the national assembly is said to have started the process of altering the constitution and making amendments to the country’s laws.

On Wednesday, Adeleye Jokotoye, a Lagos-based tax consultant, had submitted a proposal to the house of representatives committee on the review of the constitution, demanding a change of the country’s name.

In the proposal, Jokotoye had argued that the name — Nigeria — was not coined by a citizen but given to the country by Flora Shaw, wife of Lord Lugard, a colonialist.

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His proposal has continued to elicit mixed reactions on social media platforms, especially Twitter, where a huge number of Nigerian users have been sharing their different opinions.

Joining the fray, Naira Marley pledged that he would compose the new national anthem for the country if its name is eventually changed.

“Omo, na me go sing the new national Anthem for UAR,” he wrote in a mixture of English and Pidgin.

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On his part, Dakolo said the proposed name change would alter the country’s extant national anthem.

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“Now that you people are planning to change Nigeria’s name to United African Republic, What will I do with my great nation song?! Una dey stress me too much,” he wrote.

Also reacting, Tacha said changing the country’s name will not address the challenges confronting it.

“United African Republic?? Renaming Nigeria is not Nigerians problem!! Give us good roads, security, electricity, health care…just give us basic amenities,” she wrote.

In the same vein, Samklef, a singer, said restructuring the country is the only way to bring about meaningful development.

“Restructure Nigeria they no gree now dem wan change Nigeria name lol. Every soon all of una go feel am… You see that railway wey dem do for Niger republic, Na to bring more Fulanis in. If you know you know,” he wrote in Pidgin.

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