The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) supports the National Assembly’s decision to bring back Nigeria’s original national anthem.

Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)
Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)

The party’s national chairman, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, announced this support during a media briefing in Abuja on Monday.

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He said the original anthem inspires more patriotism among Nigerians than the current one imposed by the military.

Nwanyanwu stated, “I congratulate the National Assembly for passing the bill to restore the original National Anthem, which began with Nigeria’s independence on October 1st, 1960.

“I feel validated by this act of the 10th National Assembly, as it aligns with my presidential manifesto for the 2023 election, where I strongly advocated for the return of Nigeria’s original national anthem.

“This decision by the National Assembly shows that they are listening to the people. It is clear that there was no good reason to replace the 1960 National Anthem with one that undermines Nigeria’s diversity and unity.

“A national anthem is highly symbolic. It was strange and illogical that military rulers changed Nigeria’s cherished anthem without consultation or reason.

“Many countries have kept their national anthems for centuries.

“Unfortunately, Nigeria has been treated like a test subject, with changes made without convincing reasons.

“The 1960 National Anthem addresses our diversity and religious complexities.

“That anthem evokes emotions and calls for a united Nigeria where justice and equality prevail, without oppression or dominance of one group over another.

“These are the reasons I supported returning to the original National Anthem.

“I commend the National Assembly for their courage and patriotism.

“I join all well-meaning Nigerians in praising the National Assembly.

“I urge the President to quickly sign this bill into law. History will remember this landmark Act positively.”