By Waliu Adeyeri
Late Prof. Felicia Adebola Adedoyin composed the National Pledge in July1976.
Until her death in May 2021, Adedoyin was a lecturer at the University of Lagos. She was also a consultant with the United Nations.
In July 15, 1976, Adedoyin wrote the National pledge in an article on Daily Times titled: “Loyalty to the Nation, Pledge.”
According to a report, her children inspired her to compose the Pledge.
Adedoyin was decorated with a National Honour in 2005 by the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo, who adopted and modified the Pledge during his tenure as military Head of State in 1976.
She passed away after a brief illness on May 1, 2021.
In a condolence message to her family, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Garba Abari, said Adeyoyin who passed on earlier in May 2021 was very unassuming despite bequeathing the nation with one of its much respected national symbols – the National Pledge.
He said because of her drive for continuous distinction, was not complacent with authoring the Pledge but went on to the peak of her chosen career to become a professor, admonishing Nigerian youths to emulate her tenacity.