Senate disowns NOA’s version of National Anthem 


The Senate through its president , Senator Godswill Akpabio, Tuesday called on the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to stop  teaching Nigerians the wrong version of the newly adopted Old National Anthem.

Akpabio noted that what the agency was circulating was different from the New National Anthem approved by the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly.

The Senate after deliberations had gone on executive sessions for over two hours, after which the Senate adjourned plenary to July 2, 2024.

Before the Senate ended the plenary, Akpabio requested that the Senate recite the first stanza of the new National Anthem.

While the lawmakers recited the anthem, the Senate President looked at his book intermittently.

After they were done, Akpabio stated that the lawmakers should take note of the wordings of the anthem approved by the Senate and discard the one being presented by the NOA.

He said, “Take note of what we have here, what we have is different from what the NOA has.

“Where we have Nigerians ‘all’ are proud to say, they have Nigerians all and proud to say.

 “Also, where we have ‘though’ tribe and tongue may differ, they have ‘though’ tribes and tongues”

“Also at the end where we have ‘Nigeria shall be blessed, they have Nigeria ‘may’ be blessed.”

“We are using shall which is a compulsion that this country shall be blessed, so tell the National Orientation Agency to drop what they are circulating now,” he stated.