The Northern Elders Discussion board (NEF) has kicked in opposition to the current adoption of the Oodua Anthem in public faculties by the Ondo State authorities.
NEF faulted Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for taking such resolution, including such introduction was “a really severe assault on the integrity of Nigeria.”
Governor Akeredolu’s administration had in a round dated Could 6 and signed by the Everlasting Secretary of the State Educating Service Fee, Tolu Adeyemi, made it necessary for college students in public faculties to recite the anthem in all capabilities in public secondary faculties throughout the state.
The Governor had additionally warned that the anthem, which is now being utilized by Oduduwa Republic agitators was authorized for the general public faculties in state and never for any secession agenda.
Nevertheless, within the assertion signed by the NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the group condemned the transfer, insisting that it might additional alienate sections of the Nigerian society.
“If that is true, it represents a really severe assault on the integrity of the nation by individuals who have sworn to uphold and shield it,” the group mentioned.
“There’s just one anthem our youngsters ought to sing and acknowledge. If there are different symbols with cultural significance they need to be made to establish with, it shouldn’t be elevated to the extent of a nationwide anthem, and even supersede it.
“If the federal authorities is on its toes defending the boundaries of our unity and nationwide integrity, it might problem this in court docket.”