Tinubu Signs Bill Reverting to Old National Anthem into Law

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has officially signed the National Anthem Bill 2024 into law, reinstating the old national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.” The bill received rapid approval from both the Senate and the House of Representatives, marking a significant shift from the now-recognized anthem, “Arise O Compatriots.”

The signing ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, during a joint plenary session attended by President Tinubu. Senate President Godswill Akpabio confirmed the development, emphasizing the importance of preserving Nigeria’s historical identity through its anthem.

In his remarks, President Tinubu stated, “Our national anthem is more than just words set to music; it embodies our shared history, struggles, and aspirations. By returning to ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee,’ we honor our past and celebrate our unity as a nation.”

The old anthem, which was used prior to the adoption of “Arise O Compatriots,” carries a sense of nostalgia for many Nigerians. Its lyrics evoke a deep connection to the country’s diverse culture, natural beauty, and collective spirit.

The decision to revert to the old anthem has sparked various reactions across the nation. Supporters commend President Tinubu’s commitment to preserving Nigeria’s heritage, while critics argue that the change may cause confusion among citizens accustomed to the current anthem. Senator Ifeoma Nwabueze an Opposition Leader shares his thought on this trending matter, “While I appreciate the sentiment behind this move, we must consider the practical implications. Our schools, events, and official ceremonies have long used ‘Arise O Compatriots.’ Adjusting to the old anthem will require concerted efforts.”

“The return to ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee’ reminds us of our resilience during challenging times. Let us embrace this change with pride and unity.” says Dr . Funmi Adekunle. Chief Emeka Okonkwo a Civil Rights Activist also shares “Anthem or not, our focus should be on addressing pressing issues like insecurity, education, and healthcare. Let’s not lose sight of our priorities.”

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    Social media platforms have been abuzz with discussions about the anthem change. Here are some trending tweets:

    • @ProudlyNaija: “🇳🇬 Back to the roots! Loving the old anthem vibes. #NigeriaWeHailThee”
    • @AfroBeatsQueen: “Can’t help but hum along to the old anthem. Childhood memories flooding back! 🎵”
    • @NaijaPatriot: “Change is good, but let’s ensure a smooth transition. #UnityInDiversity”

    As Nigeria adapts to the revived anthem, citizens eagerly await its inclusion at official events, schools, and sports gatherings. The familiar tune will once again echo across the nation, bridging generations and celebrating Nigeria’s rich heritage.

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