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Reps pass bill to return Nigeria to old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”

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On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved a bill suggesting a return to reciting the previous National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”  in the country.

Sponsored by the House leader, Hon Julius Ihonvbere, the bill underwent second and third readings on the House floor during plenary in Abuja.

Reps pass bill to return Nigeria to old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”Reps pass bill to return Nigeria to old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”
Reps pass bill to return Nigeria to old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”

The old anthem “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was replaced with the current one “Arise, O Compatriots in 1978.

The Minority Leader, Kingsley Chinda, however, opposed the bill, saying the old anthem has a colonial tag which was the reason for the new anthem.

He highlighted that the old anthem was authored and composed by Britons. Mr Chinda questioned the importance of the anthem change at a time of more important challenges in the country.

However, the bill was given expedited passage and subsequently passed by the lawmakers.

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