Nigeria’s President Has Just Jettisoned A National Anthem That Addresses Nigerians As “Compatriots” In Favour Of One That Describes Us As “Natives” – Professor Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

in a recent statement posted on his official X account, Professor Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, a well-known human rights lawyer and former Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, has expressed his concerns about the revision of Nigeria’s National Anthem.

“Nigeria’s president has just jettisoned a #NationalAnthem that addresses #Nigerians as “compatriots” in favour of one that describes us as “natives” from “tribes”. That is progress, abi? The return of colony is nigh,” Odinkalu wrote.

Odinkalu’s statements highlight his concern regarding the changes made to the National Anthem, particularly the shift in language from “compatriots” to “natives” and “tribes.”

He questions whether this change represents progress or a return towards colonial-era attitudes and divisions.

The revision of the National Anthem has brought debate and criticism from various quarters, with many questioning the implications of the language used and its impact on national unity and identity.

Odinkalu’s statement adds to the voices expressing concern over the government’s decision and its potential consequences…..See More 

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