On February 11, 2021, the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, addressed the National Assembly in a virtual meeting. The meeting was held to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was won by the late Chief MKO Abiola.

In his address, Tinubu lauded the passing of the bill that reverts to the old national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots” as the national anthem of Nigeria. This decision was made by the National Assembly on December 16, 2020, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.


Tinubu expressed his joy and satisfaction with the decision, stating that it was a step in the right direction towards preserving the country’s history and identity. He also commended the National Assembly for their courage and foresight in passing the bill, which he described as a “patriotic and meaningful” move.

The former governor went on to explain the significance of the old national anthem, which was composed by the late Pa Benedict Odiase in 1978. He stated that the anthem had a deeper meaning and connection to the struggles and sacrifices made by the founding fathers of Nigeria’s independence, such as Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Tinubu emphasized the importance of preserving the legacy and memory of these great leaders, who fought tirelessly for the unity and progress of Nigeria. He also urged the younger generation to learn from their examples and continue to work towards a better and more prosperous Nigeria.

The National Leader of the APC also took the opportunity to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in addressing the security challenges facing the country. He acknowledged the efforts of the security agencies in combating insurgency, banditry, and other forms of criminality, and urged them to remain steadfast in their duty to protect the citizens.

Tinubu also called for unity and cooperation among all Nigerians, regardless of tribe, religion, or political affiliation. He stated that the country could only move forward if its citizens put aside their differences and work together towards achieving common goals.


In conclusion, the former governor reiterated his commitment to the progress and development of Nigeria, and called on all Nigerians to join hands with the government in building a better future for the country.

The passing of the bill to revert to the old national anthem is indeed a significant step towards preserving Nigeria’s history and identity. It serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the founding fathers and the struggles they went through to secure the country’s independence.

Tinubu’s address to the National Assembly is also a reminder of the importance of unity and cooperation in nation-building. As the country faces various challenges, it is crucial for all Nigerians to come together and work towards finding lasting solutions.

It is now up to the government and the citizens to ensure that the legacy of the founding fathers is not forgotten and that their sacrifices were not in vain. The decision to revert to the old national anthem is a symbol of respect and appreciation for their contributions to the country, and it is a step in the right direction towards preserving their memory.

In the words of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, “We must hold on to our heritage, remember our history, and build upon the foundation laid by our founding fathers.” With this in mind, Nigerians can move forward and work towards a brighter and more prosperous future.