May 30, 2024

‘It doesn’t change price of food’ — Experts tackle Tinubu over new national anthem


Experts have tackled President Bola Tinubu over the new national anthem, saying the national anthem does not change the price of food. 

Political analysts, Jideofor Adibe and Sani Yabagi spoke on the first anniversary of President Tinubu  in an interview on Channels Television.

Recall that President Tinubu signed the new national anthem, ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee’ into law in the early hours of Wednesday.

The signing of the bill into law on Wednesday by President Tinubu, ensured that Nigeria jettisoned ‘Arise, O Compatriots’ as its national anthem.

The experts questioned the importance of changing the national anthem at this critical time, describing it as “shadowboxing”.

Adobe said, “That for me is shadowboxing. Is that the problem? I think they are leaving the substance to chase the shadow. What does it change? Does it change the price of food in the market?”

Speaking on the development, Yabagi said he believes the issue of the national anthem was introduced as a kind of relief for Nigerians for all that is happening with the economy among others.

He said, “I think it is a way of giving us a kind of breather. It is a way of bringing out some substance in the whole thing that is called Nigeria so that we will now begin to appreciate who we are.”

He, however, expressed concern that the old national anthem the country has now reverted to was written by the colonialists, saying “we are the pride of Africa, we shouldn’t bring sentiments or things that define us in a different way.”