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Old National Anthem Promoted Banditry – Akpabio

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Ndume Lukman

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has said that the decision of the Olusegun Obasanjo military administration to replace the national anthem inherited at independence may have contributed to the problem of banditry in Nigeria today.

Senator Akpabio made the revelation during a visit to the National Institute of Legislative Studies, NILS Abuja.

GWG.ng reports that NILS is an outfit of the National Assembly that trains and boosts the capacity of the legislative branch of government.

Speaking at the occasion, Senator Akpabio cited the reversion to the Old National Anthem and the passage of the Students Loans Bill as about the two best legislative initiatives of the National Assembly under his leadership.

While noting that the words of the old National Anthem lifted the essence of brotherhood among Nigerians even though tongue and tribes differed, Akpabio said that the problem of banditry may not have arisen if that National Anthem had not been replaced with Arise o Compatriots in 1978.

Senator Akpabio who was escorted by some senators to the NILS building said that if every Nigerian took his neighbour as his brother irrespective of tribe and tongue that they would as such not desire to kill or harm such a neigbour.

Also hailing the enactment of the Student’s Loan scheme, he said that at least 30,000 Nigerian students had been documented for the loan.

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