Prof. Felicia Adebola Adeyoyin, the author of Nigeria’s national pledge, passed away on Saturday after a brief illness, FIJ has learnt.
An educationist, Adeyoyin received her PhD in 1981 from the University of Lagos.
Prof. Adeyoyin, who lectured at the University of Lagos and was a consultant with the United Nations, wrote the national pledge in 1976.
She was propelled to write the pledge following questions by her children who had been used to reciting the Oath of Allegiance while in school in New York, and the State Pledge in Achimota School, Ghana.
Prof. Adeyoyin wrote the pledge in the Daily Times in July 15, 1976, in an article titled ‘Loyalty to the Nation, Pledge’ which was shown to the then Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who modified it and introduced it to the country during the formal launch of the Universal Free Primary Education (UPE) and decreed that all school children recite the national pledge in assembly.
In 2005, Prof Adeyoyin was given a national award, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). She was in the care of her children when she passed away, and surrounded by loved ones.
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