The government has expressed its gratitude for Akinkunmi’s role and recognized that his flag design remains irreplaceable.
They have also acknowledged that they have not yet found a successor who can match his significant contribution to the nation.
Akinkunmi, an Ogun State native, gained recognition as the designer of the Nigerian flag during his studies abroad before Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
Following his recent passing in Ibadan, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammad Idris, led a Federal Government delegation to visit his 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.
He said: “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.