I will never sing the old national anthem – Ex-minister, Oby Ezekwesili | Read details

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I will never sing the old national anthem – Ex-minister, Oby Ezekwesili | Read details 

Former Nigeria’s minister for solid minerals, Oby Ezekwesili has said that she will not revert to the old national anthem “Nigeria we hail thee”.

Trustbase News had reported that president Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, signed into law, the bill seeking to keep aside the Arise O Compatriots anthem and adopt the old one.

The move has however generated controversies with most Nigerians querying the essence of reverting to the old anthem.

Taking to her X handle on Wednesday, Ezekwesili described the National Anthem 2024 Act as “an obnoxious “law” that is repugnant to all that is of good conscience in Nigeria.”

She wrote;

 

“Let it be known to all and sundry that I, Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili shall whenever asked to sing the Nigerian National Anthem sing:

 

1. Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey

To serve our fatherland

With love and strength and faith

The labour of our heroes past

Shall never be in vain

To serve with heart and might

One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

 

2. Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause

Guide our leader’s right

Help our youth the truth to know

In love and honesty to grow

And living just and true

Great lofty heights attain

To build a nation where peace and justice reign.

 

This is my own National Anthem and let it be known that no one can suppress my right to dissent an obnoxious “law” that is repugnant to all that is of good conscience in Nigeria.

 

Whatever else is #NotMyNationalAnthem#”.