Oby Ezekwesili knocks NASS over reintroduction of ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’ national anthem

Oby Ezekwesili

Former vice president for the World Bank’s Africa region Oby Ezekwesili has knocked the National Assembly for focusing on the national anthem amid more pressing issues affecting the country.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced on Wednesday at the joint sitting of the National Assembly that President Bola Tinubu had signed the National Anthem Bill into law.

This effectively replaces the current version ‘Arise O compatriots’ with the previous one ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’.

Several Nigerians have shared similar views with Mrs Ezekwesili, a former minister of solid minerals.

Ezekwesili tweeted, “Wow! With all the horrible indicators on the state of governance? So, it is a new National Anthem that is their priority? I frankly thought it was a joke and gave it no attention.

“What an egregious case of ‘Majoring in the Minor’ this is! Wow! Again, no one is coming to save us, Citizens of Nigeria. WE’re all WE have.”

The 61-year-old called on members of the public to realise that the political class is Nigeria’s “biggest curse”.

“We all must someday decide to collectively save ourselves and this country from these overpaid, unethical, incompetent and incapable ‘Lawbreakers’ in the @nassnigeria and their similarly characterized collaborators in the Executive and Judicial branches of Government across this Land,” she wrote.