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Second Stanza of National Anthem Adopted as Official Prayer by FEC

Federal Executive Council, FEC

National Orientation Agency, NOA finally gets the Federal Executive Council, FEC to recite the second stanza of the National Anthem as official prayer at public functions. The Dirctor - General of NOA made this known in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary Mr. Paul Odeniyi.

NOA, clearly has been advocating for the adoption of the second stanza as national prayer at public functions in order to foster the spirit of cohesion and unity in supplication to God in the country. The DG however stated that the practice of saying separate prayers by different religious faithful at public functions divides the group along religious lines.

The second stanza reads,
“Oh God of creation.
“Direct our noble course.
“Guide our leaders right.
“Help our youths the truth to know.
“In love and honesty to grow and living just and true.
“Great lofty heights attain.
“To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.”

NAN reports that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and his Niger State counterpart, Aliyu Babangida, had similarly adopted the second stanza as official prayers at all public functions and school in their states. Mailafia, however, commended the agency for championing the campaign and urged the NOA not to relent in its effort at promoting patriotism, love and respect for national symbols.

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