June 16, 2024

President Tinubu signs bill to restore Nigeria’s old national anthem


In a landmark decision, President Bola Tinubu has signed the National Anthem Bill 2024, officially restoring Nigeria’s old national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.” The announcement was made by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a joint session of the National Assembly, commemorating the Silver Jubilee of Nigeria’s 4th Republic.

The Senate and House of Representatives had earlier passed the bill in separate sessions, signaling strong legislative support for the change.

The joint session, held in Abuja, was attended by key political figures and dignitaries, marking a significant moment in the nation’s history.

Senate President Akpabio emphasized that the primary purpose of the session was to launch the reinstated national anthem. He noted that President Tinubu, who was present at the session, would not be delivering a speech as he was scheduled to inaugurate the Abuja metro line shortly afterward.

“The reversion to the old national anthem reflects our nation’s journey and evolution. ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee’ carries historical significance and embodies the patriotic spirit that unites us,” said Akpabio.

The decision to revert to the old anthem has been met with a mix of nostalgia and anticipation, as many Nigerians recall the anthem as a symbol of the country’s post-independence optimism. The anthem, originally adopted in 1960, was replaced by “Arise, O Compatriots” in 1978. The reinstatement of “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” is seen as a move to reconnect with the country’s foundational values and heritage.

President Tinubu’s assent to the bill is part of broader efforts to foster national unity and pride. The restored anthem is expected to be officially adopted in state functions and public events across the nation starting immediately.

As Nigeria marks 25 years of its 4th Republic, the reinstatement of the old national anthem stands as a testament to the country’s enduring legacy and the collective aspirations of its people.

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