Controversies As Nigeria Reverts To Old National Anthem

Nigeria has found itself in the middle of controversies following President Bola Tinubu’s decision to sign into law a bill reverting to the country’s old national anthem. The anthem, which begins “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” was originally written by Lillian Jean Williams in 1959 and composed by Frances Berda. Its reintroduction was signed by President Tinubu as a celebration of Nigeria’s diversity, marking his first anniversary in office.

However, as a result of pressing economic challenges including insecurity, rising inflation, and a foreign exchange crisis, many Nigerians have expressed outrage over what they perceive as misplaced priorities. The decision to change the national anthem with little consultation has sparked criticism online, with citizens questioning the government’s focus during a time of widespread economic hardship.

President Tinubu’s administration faces mounting pressure to address the urgent needs of the Nigerian people, with concerns growing over the impact of the cost of living crisis on everyday citizens. As debates over the anthem continues, the government is urged to prioritize solutions to the pressing economic challenges facing the nation.

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