Tinubu signs bill returning Nigeria to old National Anthem

President Bola Tinubu has signed  the National Anthem Bill 2024 into law, returning Nigeria back to the old National Anthem “Nigeria, we hail thee.”

President Bola Tinubu has signed  the National Anthem Bill 2024 into law, returning Nigeria back to the old National Anthem “Nigeria, we hail thee.”

The president signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had passed the bill within a week.

With the signing, the National Anthem, ‘Arise O Compatriot’ will no longer be sung.

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” is the former national anthem of Nigeria, used from independence in 1960 until 1978. Nigeria’s present anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978, replacing “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.

The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence. Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

On May 23, 2024, the House of Representatives passed a bill to revert from the current anthem to Nigeria, We Hail Thee.

Lyrics of the old National Anthem

Nigeria we hail thee

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongue may differ

In brotherhood we stand

Nigerians all, are 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 shall be blessed.

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