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Oby Ezekwelisi rejects colonial-era anthem, sticks to ‘Arise O Compatriots’



A Former Minister of Solid Minerals in Nigeria, Obiageli Ezekwelisi has said that she would not be singing the newly assented old national anthem.

The economic policy expert shared this update on her personal X page ( formerly Twitter ), expressing her displeasure with the new law the president assented to.

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

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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.”

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She further stated that the former anthem will be her own national anthem and no one can suppress her right to dissent an obnoxious “law” that is repugnant to all that is of good conscience in Nigeria.

Tinubu had earlier signed into law the bill to bring back the old national anthem.

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The proposal began its journey with a second reading on May 23. After thorough deliberations by the committee of the whole, it was approved and passed during its third reading.