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Senate passes bill to revert to ‘Nigeria we hail thee’ national anthem

The Senate has passed the National Anthem Bill 2024 to revert to the old national anthem, “Nigeria, we hail thee”.

The decision of the senate was sequel to a bill by chair of the committee on judiciary, Tahir Monguno, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

The Borneo lawmaker disagreed with Nigeria’s attorney-general, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), for more consideration before the national anthem  is changed.

Monguno described the bill as important and timely considering how divided the country has become in recent times.

About a week ago, the House of Representatives passed a similar bill.

Most lawmakers in both chambers of the national assembly spoke in favour of the bill when they debated on its general principles.

While debating the bill last week, Victor Umeh, senator representing Anambra central, said an anthem is supposed to be motivational, adding that the current one is anything but emotive.

“The old one we are seeking to bring back is one that evokes emotions,” Umeh said.

“A national anthem is supposed to be motivational. There is motivation in the old anthem.

“I think from what my colleagues have said, there is nothing in the current anthem that motivates our people. If we bring it back, our children will be more committed to the ideals of nationhood.”

The bill, which speedily passed first and second readings on Thursday, now awaits assent into law by President Bola Tinubu.

Senate passes bill to revert to ‘Nigeria we hail thee’ national anthem

Obi must not run for president in 2027

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has advised the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi not to seek election in 2027.

Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Soyinka said Obi is unfit to lead Nigeria.

“I hope for the sake of the nation that he doesn’t express interest in the next election because for me as a leader, if there was any proof that he was unfit to lead that country, it’s in the conduct which he encouraged among his followers.

“I know for a fact that he was in control of those forces,” Soyinka said.

The Nobel prize winner accused Obi of supporting the “divisive actions” of the Obidient Movement.

He said “one of these days, they [Obidients] would turn on them and teach them a lesson”.

Soyinka said, “It has to do with education. I didn’t read all these insults from Obidients but of course, some links were sent to me, especially when facts were being manufactured.

“I know that there is a relay mechanism, which is triggered into action by those who control what we call the trolls of the internet, and so my disgust and contempt.

“I know that there is a relay mechanism, which is triggered into action by those who control what we call the trolls of the internet, and so my disgust and contempt.

“I just went about my business, you know, because nobody, anybody on this earth who thinks they can stop me telling the truth as I see it needs to have his or her head examined. It’s as elementary as that.

“But it is depressing to see those who wanted to be political leaders encouraging that kind of action, that kind of attitude in the youth.

“And my mind went to the expression: ‘They don’t know what they’re doing’. Those who sow the wind will reap the whirlwind.

“One of these days, they would be astonished, they would turn on them and teach them a lesson.

“And so, my attitude was very blasé but it is for me a sad phenomenon, especially for those who want to lead a multi-textured (society) — different religions, different ethnic groups, different worldviews — who actually want to preside over such a group as one.

“It means that they have already declared themselves incompetent to lead such an entity.”

Obi must not run for president in 2027

2027: I’ll keep contesting for presidency – Atiku

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to keep contesting for the presidency as long as he’s healthy.

He made this known during an interview on the Hausa service of the Voice of America, VOA in Abuja, noting that for as long as he is alive, he won’t stop.

Atiku said he is consoled by the fact that former President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln did not win the election the first time he contested.

The former vice president also spoke about the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that the party needs to be united and forge alliances with other political groups to win the presidential election in 2027.

Atiku said in part: “I will keep contesting again and again as long as I am alive and healthy. Even the former US President Abraham Lincoln contested seven times before finally winning.

“However, given the current state of the PDP, it is clear that a single-handed effort will not suffice to win the election. Strong support and collaboration with other parties are required.”

This is coming on the heels of him meeting his counterpart from the Labour Party, Peter Obi, which stirred speculation of a possible merger or a coalition.

“This is to anybody that thinks there is going to be a misunderstanding between me and Obi, let me assure you that not even a small issue is going to happen between us.

“Also, we are going to be behind anybody that will be chosen to represent us in the forthcoming elections,” he said.

 

2027: I’ll keep contesting for presidency – Atiku

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