Group to Tinubu: Intervene over burial delay of national flag designer Akinwumi

A group, Yoruba World Congress Worldwide (YWC) Sunday urged President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the delay over the burial of the designer of Nigeria flag, late Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi.

YWC in an open letter addressed to President Tinubu stated that the president’s intervention became necessary to ensure the burial of Pa Akinkunmi without further delay.

In the open letter, signed by YWC vice president, Adekunle Ogundana, the group stated that information made available by the late Pa Akinkunmi’s family confirmed that it has been paying N2,000.00 daily as mortuary without support from government.

“This open letter is for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to personally look into this issue as a matter of urgency. The designer of the flag of Nigeria late Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (OFR), (Mr Flag Man), died on August 21, 2023, and his body was deposited in a morgue at a location in Ibadan, Oyo state.

“The deceased family had planned the burial for December 7 and 8, 2023, but it was put off by the Oyo state government on the ground that there was no representation from the government to confirm the date chosen by the family.

“It was also confirmed by the family spokesperson, that a meeting was held on November 29, 2023, by the Oyo state House of Assembly with the family representatives of the late Pa Akinkunmi. It was concluded that the Oyo state government would communicate a suitable date for the late icon’s burial to the family through a committee set up by the government.”

The group stated in the open letter that it was also gathered that the Senate has asked the federal government to immortalise the designer of the Nigerian national flag.

“The resolution of the Red Chamber was sequel to a motion sponsored via Point of Order on a matter of national importance in one of the house plenary session by Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC, Oyo South) and seconded by Senator Sadiq Umar (APC, Kwara North), who noted that the late Pa Akinkunmi should be immortalised with a national honour.