The Senate has started a public hearing on an Act to provide for the National Anthem of Nigeria and related matters, with the leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele, stating that the second stanza of the existing national anthem shall be the national prayer.


Bamidele who represented the President of the senate, Godswill Akpabio was supported by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, who said the amendment should not come only by legislative fiat, but should be subjected to a wider consultation


He stated that the reversal is not out of place but it should involve a wider process to ensure it is a true reflection of the generality of the wishes of all Nigerians.


Meanwhile, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, harped on one of the lines from the previous anthem, which addresses the issue of oppression, while corroborating with the Director General of National Orientation Agency that the change of the nation’s anthem is long overdue.



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