Nigeria Reinstates “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” as National Anthem



President Bola Tinubu signed a bill into law on Wednesday, officially returning “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” as the country’s national anthem. This move comes during a joint session of the National Assembly celebrating the 25th anniversary of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic.

The reinstatement of “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” marks a shift from the current anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” which was adopted in 1978. The reasoning behind the change and the potential impact on national identity are likely to be debated in the coming days.

“This morning, Mr President signed into an Act of Parliament, the newly passed National Anthem 2024,” Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, said on Wednesday at a joint session of the National Assembly marking the Silver Jubilee Of Nigeria’s 4th Republic. The occasion coincided with the first anniversary of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Tinubu, who later joined the joint session, confirmed ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’ as the “latest national anthem”.

Akpabio said the sitting was primarily to launch the new national anthem, explaining that the President would not be making a speech because he has to leave to launch the Abuja metro line.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had previously passed the legislation to swap the national anthem from “Arise, O Compatriots” to “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” at separate sittings.

Following the signing of the bill by the President to reintroduce the old national anthem, the joint sitting jettisoned what has been in existence since 1978, to adopt the former (and newly signed) national anthem ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’.

The old anthem, “Nigeria, we hail thee”, composed when Nigeria gained independence on October 1, 1960, has replaced the “Arise, O Compatriots” anthem.

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