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BREAKING: President Bola Tinubu signs bill reverting to the old National anthem into law

The Nigeria President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assented to the National Anthem Bill 2024 reverting to the old national anthem, “Nigeria, we hail thee”.

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, disclosed this on Wednesday at a joint session of the National Assembly marking the Silver Jubilee Of Nigeria’s 4th Republic.

President Bola Tinubu is currently at the joint session.

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

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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. The old anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”, composed when Nigeria gained independence on October 1, 1960, has replaced the “Arise, O Compatriots” anthem, Freshreporters Media had reported.

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Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria during its independence, penned the lyrics for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” while Frances Berda composed the music. The anthem played a significant role in shaping Nigeria’s national identity and unity during the 1960s and late 1970s.

What are the lyrics to Nigeria We Hail Thee?
It goes thus:

‘Nigeria, we hail thee,�Our own dear native land,�Though tribe and tongue may differ,�In brotherhood, we stand,�Nigerians all, and proud to serve�Our sovereign Motherland.
Our flag shall be a symbol�That truth and justice reign,�In peace or battle honour’d,�And this we count as gain,�To hand on to our children�A banner without stain.
O God of all creation,�Grant this our one request,�Help us to build a nation�Where no man is oppressed,�And so with peace and plenty�Nigeria may be blessed.’[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>>>>

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