It’s Unconstitutional,’ Lawyers To Sue Tinubu, Others For Re-Introducing Old National Anthem

Written by on June 1, 2024

The Association of Legislative Drafting and Advocacy Practitioners, a civil society organisation composed of legal practitioners, has declared its intention to file a lawsuit at the Federal High Court to contest the recently enacted National Anthem Act, 2024.

The legislation, which was signed into law on Wednesday, reinstated the former national anthem, ‘Nigeria we hail thee’, which the organisation seeks to challenge through legal action

ALDRAP, in a statement issued on Friday and signed by its Secretary, Tonye Jaja, announced its decision and argued that the law’s enactment did not comply with the necessary constitutional requirements, rendering it unconstitutional.

The lawsuit would be challenging the National Anthem Act, 2024, because Members of the public were not invited to make their contributions, as was done when the other National Anthem was enacted in the year 1978.

“There was no letter of transmission of the said Bill from the President to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, National Assembly.

Tinubu signed the National Anthem Act, 2024, into law on May 29, effectively reinstating the former national anthem, ‘Nigeria we hail thee’, as the country’s official national anthem.




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