The government has expressed its profound gratitude for Akinkunmi’s impact and acknowledged that his design remains irreplaceable.
The Nigerian government recognizes that no suitable candidate has yet been found to match the significant contribution made by Taiwo Akinkunmi to the country.
Akinkunmi, who hails from Ogun State, gained fame as the creator of the Nigerian flag.
He designed the flag while studying abroad before Nigeria gained independence in 1960.
Recently, Akinkunmi passed away in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
As a result, Muhammad Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, led a Federal Government delegation to visit Akinkunmi’s family in Ibadan on Monday.
During the visit, Idris, speaking on behalf of the Federal Government, expressed deep appreciation for the remarkable efforts of the late Akinkunmi.
“We are here to console the family on behalf of Mr President. Pa Akinkunmi’s role cannot be forgotten. It is a symbol that we have yet to find a replacement for. He designed it when he was in his 20s, and he lived for more than 60 years after he designed it. Mr President received the news of his death. We want to identify with the family and the people of Oyo State.
“We came to tell them that the Federal Government identifies with them and the people of Oyo State and to say that the Nigerian government will stand by them.”
Remi Akinkunmi, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked the delegation and expressed gratitude for the visitation.