There has been some outrage after a former presidential aspirant under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Garba asked the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari to immortalised Queen Elizabeth II in Nigeria by renaming the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) after her.
Recall, that Queen Elizabeth who had ruled the United Kingdom since 1952, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands on Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2022, aged 96.
She was until 1963, a monarch over Nigeria, as that was when the country became a republic.
Adamu Garba who contested the 2019 presidential ticket under the APC while reacting to the news of the British monarch’s death, called for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) to be renamed after the late Queen.
Adamu revealed that if he was the President of Nigeria, he would declare 3 days of National Mourning for her and rename the University of Nigeria to Queen Elizabeth University of Nigeria.
Giving reasons, he noted how the University of Nigeria is the first university in Nigeria.
According to him, 7 decades isn’t a small feat.
“Immortalizing Queen Elizabeth by renaming the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in her honor would’ve been an easier deal if I were communicating with our grandparents. Fortunately, they knew her worth. Age is a grace, & 7 decades on the Throne can only be the work of God and Grace,” he tweeted.
Immortalizing Queen Elizabeth by renaming the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in her honor would've been an easier deal if I were communicating with our grandparents. Fortunately, they knew her worth.— Adamu Garba II (@adamugarba) September 8, 2022
Age is a grace, & 7 decades on the Throne can only be the work of God and Grace.
Nigerians took to social media to express their anger and disappointment in his statement.
First Ladyship said; “Adamu Garba is the worst of his kind. He said UNN is the Premier University, & it should be renamed – Queen Elizabeth II, to immortalize her name. In his bigoted mind, UNN should be stripped of its “University of Nigeria” prestige attached to it. Then why must it be in the SE?”
Daniel Regha wrote; “Adamu Garba u keep d!sgracing urself given the slightest opportunity, but it’s not surprising since u are a proud member of the APC; The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, will not be renamed to honour any foreigner. If u want to immortalized Queen Elizabeth, bu!ld ur own university.”
Chief Nomso said; “You Want a young agile able man to lead the UK but you want a shaking sick dubious man to be your President. You need to evaluate yourself Adamu.”
Ukaegu Great wrote; “I am beginning to think that Adamu and Mumu are synonyms because you display the exact characteristics beyond semantics.