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Nigeria’s National Anthem Changed: Nigeria, We Hail Thee” Replaces “Arise, O Compatriots

The change was approved by the House of Representatives on May 29, 2024, as part of a broader effort to revisit and revise various national symbols and institutions. Proponents of the change argue that the original anthem better reflects Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and historical roots.

However, the decision has been met with widespread criticism and outrage from many Nigerians, who view the change as unnecessary and divisive. Social media platforms have been flooded with comments and debates, with some arguing that the change is a step backward and a rejection of the progress made since the current anthem was adopted in 1978.

The government has defended the decision, stating that the change is part of a larger effort to reconnect with Nigeria’s past and promote national unity and pride. However, critics argue that the move is a distraction from more pressing issues facing the country, such as economic development and security.

As the debate continues, one thing is clear: the change to Nigeria’s national anthem has sparked a national conversation about identity, history, and the future of the country.

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