The Federal House of Representatives during its plenary on Wednesday has moved to immortalize Saki-born author of the National Pledge, late Prof. (Mrs) Felicia Adebola Adedoyin for her unequalled contributions to Nigeria.
The resolution came after Hon. Olajide Olatubosun introduced a motion headed “Need to Immortalize the Author of the National Pledge, Late Prof. (Mrs) Felicia Adebola Adedoyin” as an issue of urgent public significance (APC-OYO).
“The House noticed that the commitment was written in 1976 by Prof (Mrs.) Felicia Adebola Adedoyin (of blessed memory), who was a princess from the Iji royal house of Saki, Oyo State,” the legislator stated while moving the motion.
He also stated that the lack of a National Pledge for Nigeria at the time, in contrast to other countries such as the United States of America and Ghana in West Africa, was the impetus for composing it.
He added that the House was aware that the work which contained beautiful and patriotic words, appeared in the Daily Times of July 15 1976, in an article titled “Loyalty to the Nation, Pledge” leading to wide publicity within the nation with the attendant warm reception and acceptance.
He also stated that the House was aware that, following the publication, the then Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, modified the National Pledge and introduced it during the formal launch of the Universal Free Primary Education (UPE) and directed that all school children recite it during morning assembly.
According to him, the House informed that the thoughtful and solemn words of the National Pledge have become an invocation for every Nigerian citizen to serve their fatherland with faithfulness, loyalty and honesty.
He regretted that the iconic composer of the National Pledge passed away on Saturday, 1 May 2021 after a brief illness.
He argued that it was convinced that the contribution of the deceased great Nigerian deserves special acknowledgement by immortalizing her to keep her memories alive.
When the motion was put into voice mail by the Speaker, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over the plenary, it was unanimously supported by members.