By Monsur Olowoopejo
AHEAD of next year’s centenary celebration, Will and Wiser Nigeria, a youth re-orientation and development outfit, has concluded plans to use the country’s national flag as a symbol to strengthen the unity of the country.
Head of Operations and Projects, Mr. Yomi Soniyi, who disclosed this at the weekend in Lagos, said plans were already progress to collate over 100 signatures of different Nigerian languages with a word that connotes unity to be written on the country’s Green-White-Green flag.
Soniyi explained that the initiative tagged, ‘Unity Flag’, is intended to send a strong message of unity within and outside Nigeria that “irrespective of our challenges and our diversity, we will remain and thrive as one country.”
He said: “Amidst growing concerns and prediction of disintegration of the Nigeria, a strong and resounding statement needs to be made, a statement of unflinching belief in our unbreakable unity.”
According to him: “As our centenary year as a united entity called Nigeria approaches, no better time can such a statement be communicated. We believe the task should not lie with the government alone as the people must believe and desire a united front.”
The Head of Operations & Projects added that each signatory for a language will be regarded an ambassador for the language or tribe to be gathered from various cities across the federation.
“We intend to have as signatories people drawn from all walks of life so as to get a good representation of the various languages. Upon completion, the flag will be presented to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan or his representative as a symbol of unity of the people”.