News of the passing of the Nigerian National Flag designer, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi has reached the world and the federal government of Nigeria is thrown into mourning. The late Pa. Akinkunmi died at the age of 84, at his family home in Ibadan, after a brief illness.
Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, described Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi in a statement, as a national icon whose contribution to national unity will remain indelible; adding that he was saddened over the news of his passing. “I am particularly saddened over the news of the demise of Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, a national icon, whose contribution to national unity will remain indelible.
“The death of Pa Akinkunmi came at the time Nigeria was reinventing itself for peace, development and enduring national reconciliation; the country would miss the contributions of the deceased especially at this time that the Federal Government under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is banking on the Renewed Hope Agenda to build on the national fervour that characterised Nigeria’s journey to independence.
“I am confident that Pa Akinkunmi will continue to live in the minds of Nigerians for generations to come. The National Flag, one of our revered national symbols is an asset for which Pa Akinwunmi has etched his name in the annals of Nigerian history. I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to express my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, praying that God will grant them the fortitude to bear this great loss” the statement reads in parts.