Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has expressed grief over the death of Taiwo Akinkunmi, the man who designed the Nigerian Flag in 1958, describing the death as a national loss.
A statement by the Institute’s President, Dr. Ike Neliaku in Abuja, said Akinkunmi was a patriotic Nigerian, who exhibited the culture of “Nigeria first, above personal interests”.
He noted that the nation currently needs a crop of Nigerians who see beyond the precinct of tribe, religion and personal gain to place this country on a sustainable development trajectory.
“Pa Akinkunmi played an early reputational role, offering creative and quality services to his nation with deep sense of nationalism. His work gave sovereign identity to this country, and has projected Nigeria’s image at global space.
“Through the Green, White Green flag design, the late patriot made the Nigerian brand, a trademark of honour and pride in the comity of nations, which has in the past 65 years reflected fruitfulness, resourcefulness, progress and resilience potentials of Nigeria as country”.