Nigeria Passes Bill To Revert To Old National Anthem

President Bola Tinubu has signed the National Anthem bill seeking to return the old national anthem 'Nigeria, We hail thee' into law.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio revealed that Tinubu signed the bill during the joint sitting of the National Assembly, coinciding with his first anniversary as Nigeria's president.

Lawmakers believe the old anthem evokes a stronger emotional bond among Nigerians than the current anthem Arise, O Compatriots introduced during a military regime. The old national was used from Independence Day, October 1, 1960, and was abandoned in 1978. However, some lawmakers, opposed the change, arguing that the old anthem is colonial and the move distracts from more pressing national issues. 

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