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Controversy Engulf Nigeria National Anthem Change

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The recent decision to change Nigeria’s national anthem has sparked a significant debate across the nation. Former Education Minister Oby Ezekwesili has made headlines by firmly stating she will not sing the reinstated old anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” which has been brought back into law.

This anthem, originally introduced at Nigeria’s independence, has been met with mixed reactions, with some viewing it as a step back into colonial times and others seeing it as a return to the country’s roots.

Changing Nigeria’s national anthem has certainly struck a chord, and not the harmonious kind one might expect from a national melody.

It seems the switch back to the old anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” has been met with a symphony of discontent.

The anthem, a relic from the days of independence, was composed by a British expatriate, which has struck a dissonant note with those who feel it doesn’t resonate with the nation’s post-colonial identity.

Critics argue that the change is a step backward, a nostalgic trip down memory lane that ignores the pressing issues of today.

They point out that the anthem’s revival was conducted with the speed of a prestissimo, bypassing the usual legislative largo and leaving little room for public crescendo.

The outcry has been loud and clear, with some citizens refusing to let this decision slide by without a forte fight.

In the midst of economic crescendos and security diminuendos, the anthem alteration has been labelled by some as a diversionary tactic, a political allegro in a country that needs more of an adagio approach to governance.

Amidst the uproar, there are those who have taken a more light-hearted approach, suggesting that if anthems are so easily changed, perhaps other national symbols are up for a remix too.

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Could the national flag be next on the DJ’s list? Or maybe the country’s name will get a new spin?

Jokes aside, the anthem saga has struck a serious chord in the national conversation about identity, priorities, and the rhythm of change in Nigeria.

The Nigerian national anthem has a rich history, echoing the country’s journey through different eras.

Originally, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” served as the anthem from independence in 1960 until 1978. It was then replaced by “Arise, O Compatriots,” which reigned until 2024.

In a twist of historical nostalgia, President Bola Tinubu reinstated the original anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” in 2024, bringing back the melody that once heralded a new dawn for the nation.

This anthem, with its solemn yet uplifting tune, has once again become a symbol of Nigeria’s pride and heritage, a musical piece that resonates with the hearts of its people.

Whether in the bustling streets of Lagos or the serene landscapes of the Nigerian countryside, the anthem’s lyrics inspire a sense of unity and patriotism that transcends time.

it’s important to note that national anthems are often a source of pride and identity for countries, reflecting their history, culture, and aspirations.

They can also be a point of debate and discussion, especially when changes are proposed or implemented.


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