Tinubu leads lawmakers to sing adopted old National Anthem

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President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday led a joint sitting of the National Assembly as Nigeria returned to the old National Anthem.

By Femi Ogunshola

President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday led a joint sitting of the National Assembly as Nigeria returned to the old National Anthem.

Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, had announced before the joint sitting that a return to the old national anthem would begin from today, following Tinubu’s assent to the bill to that effect.

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Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas, who presided over the sitting, along with Akpabio told members to Google the new anthem so they could recite it correctly.

“Those who are over 59 years old  will know the wordings,” he said.

Earlier, when it was put to vote, the lawmakers agreed that the band should lead the anthem.

Meanwhile, Rep. Bamidele Salam (PDP-Osun), said he was not too keen on the national anthem because it was delivered by the colonial master.

He added that a blend of the old and the new one would have sufficed rather than discarding the new outrightly.

“Since majority agreed that we should revert, I followed what the majority says, but in my own opinion, we could have done a blend of the two.

” The new national anthem was composed by a foreigner, the old one (Arise o compatriot) was composed by a Nigerian and some of the lyrics also invoke the spirit of nationalism.

“This is in recognition of the sacrifice of our heroes past

Also speaking, Rep. Akin Rotimi, the Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, said that it was a win win situation as the second stanza of the national anthem would now be used as the national prayer.

He said the national anthem is a source of building patriotism.(NAN)

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