Aisha Yesufu dares critics calling for her arrest over national anthem

Aisha Yesufu

Activist Aisha Yesufu has challenged those calling for her arrest after a video surfaced showing her refusing to recite the national anthem.

Over the weekend, Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), condemned Mrs Yesufu for her refusal to recite the new national anthem, labelling her behaviour as “nonsensical.”

Yesufu retorted that Mr Igbokwe should ask his family if they are not ashamed of him.

In a follow-up video, Yesufu, the co-founder of Bring Back Our Girls movement addressed those demanding her arrest. Declaring “All die na die,” she asserted that fear of death keeps everyone imprisoned.

Yesufu defiantly stated that she would not accept the new anthem signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, emphasising that no Nigerian is more Nigerian than any other.

The video posted on Instagram with the caption “All Die Na Die!!! You either die for something or die for nothing,” drew significant attention and applause from netizens. Comments highlighted her courage and the need for more outspoken activists.

Victor Odia commented, “Imagine if we had 1 million Aishas, we would have moved forward a long time ago. Sycophants everywhere.”

Prince Oyegbami Ademola praised her as “The most courageous woman ever to live in Nigeria,” while Endurance Ruben stated, “This is how to be an activist of a country. This is so courageous and commendable.”

Maduakor Chukwubuikem added, “If courage was a person.”

Meanwhile, Yesufu released a video on social media on Monday, June 3 where she is seen singing the previous national anthem ‘Arise O compatriots’.

“Good Morning to the Free Nigerians Born of Free Men and Women,” she captioned it.

The video has garnered over 300 comments and 16,000 likes as of the time of this report.