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Nigerian Flag: NICO Set to Ensure Designer, Taiwo Akinkunmi Gets Befitting Burial

The decision is informed by the need to uphold our age-long respect for the dead as well as honour a past hero that has contributed significantly to the making of Nigeria, says Ajiboye

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Following the pleas made by family of Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, who designed the Nigerian flag, the Management of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), has decided to take up the responsibility of ensuring he gets a befitting burial 10 months after his death.

The decision is coming at the instance of trending news on social media platforms over the seeming neglect of the burial arrangement of the late national hero.

“As a caring government under the listening leadership of His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and in line with what seems contradictory to our culture, the institute has stepped in with a sincere interest to uphold our culture and obliterate actions considered inappropriate to our cultural norms”, NICO’s Executive Secretary/CEO, Otunba Biodun Ajiboye said, in a statement signed by Caleb Nor, his media assistant on Saturday.

The NICO boss also said the decision “is informed by the need to uphold our age-long respect for the dead as well as honour to a past hero that has contributed significantly to the making of Nigeria.

“It is a prominent part of our culture as a people not to neglect our heroes. Characteristically, our culture does not ignore this kind of cry. To which extent, the cry of the family of Late Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, the man who designed the Nigerian flag, has come to the attention of the Federal Government and NICO has compassionately, considered taking up a major role and responsibility in coordinating and collaborating with other agencies that may be necessary in giving a befitting burial to this our fallen hero.

“As we know, the flag remains one of the greatest tangible heritages of this country, and NICO has the mandate to promote both tangible and intangible cultural heritage”, he stated.

Also according to Ajiboye, “The Honourable Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy, Barr. Hannatu Musa Musawa, is deeply concerned about this situation and has directed NICO to wade into this situation immediately, and as such, we are making contacts with the family, so as to get the details of how the Federal Government can come in to assist the family to give a befitting burial to Pa Akinkunmi.”

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