Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold has expressed his opinion that Timi Dakolo’s song “Great Nation” would have been a better choice for the national anthem than the reinstated old anthem.

Thepaan reports that President Bola Tinubu signed the National Anthem Bill 2024 into law on Wednesday, bringing back the old anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

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Reacting to this decision, Adekunle Gold questioned why Timi Dakolo’s “Great Nation” was not considered as the new anthem. On his X handle, he wrote: “No one thought Timi Dakolo’s Great Nation makes a better anthem?”

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His post sparked numerous reactions.

Here is a compilation of some of the responses:

@jachukwu commented, “If they were truly looking for an anthem that will stir up patriotism and love for the country it would have been that song.”

@CarmillaXander added, “Absolutely yes, that song could make the least patriotic Nigerian stand up and go ‘sasageyo’.”

@Tyekooon suggested, “The lyrics are too deep for an unserious country, hence.”

@xybox wrote, “It would make a beautiful anthem. When these old meddling politicians have left this world, I hope the future legislators will denounce this colonial special number of theirs and adopt ‘Great Nation’.”

@BFMPLUS noted, “Yes but it still carries the disputable and derogatory word: Tribe!! We should stop describing ourselves as tribal people. No whiteman ever allows himself to be called tribe.”