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From ‘Arise oh Compatriots’ to ‘Nigeria we hail thee’: President Tinubu Restores Original National Anthem

In a historic move, Nigeria has officially reverted to its original national anthem, “Nigeria we hail thee,” after President Bola Tinubu signed the National Anthem Bill into law. The bill, which was passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday, marks a significant change in the country’s anthem after more than four decades.

The Nigerian national anthem had undergone a transformation in 1978 when the military introduced the new anthem, “Arise oh compatriots,” which had been in use for the past 46 years. However, President Tinubu’s decisive action has now reinstated the beloved old national anthem that resonated with the citizens at the time of the country’s independence in 1960.

The news of the bill’s signing was first revealed by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, during a joint session of both chambers of the National Assembly. The ceremony, held to commemorate 25 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria, was filled with anticipation as lawmakers and visitors eagerly awaited President Tinubu’s arrival.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, took the opportunity to encourage everyone present to download the old national anthem, emphasizing that it would now become Nigeria’s official anthem once again. This symbolic act signifies a return to the country’s roots and a reaffirmation of the values that shaped Nigeria’s early years as an independent nation.

It was gathered that the decision to revert to the old national anthem reflects the desire to honour Nigeria’s rich history and celebrate the spirit of unity and progress that was present during its early years. As citizens, it is a reminder of the journey the nation has undertaken and the aspirations that continue to drive its growth.

With the reintroduction of “Nigeria we hail thee” as the national anthem, Nigerians can once again unite in singing the familiar words that have resonated with generations. This change serves as a testament to the enduring power of national symbols and the importance of preserving the heritage that binds a nation together.

As Nigeria embraces this new chapter, it remains to be seen how the reversion to the old national anthem will shape the country’s identity moving forward. But for now, the echoes of “Nigeria we hail thee” will resound across the nation, instilling a renewed sense of pride and unity in the hearts of its people.

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Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
Multimedia Expert, Journalist, and Singer.


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