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The Nigerian National Anthem – Nigerian National Pledge

The Nigerian National Anthem – National Anthem of Nigeria

The Nigerian National Anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978, replacing the Old Nigerian National Anthem “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.” It was written by John A. Ikechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, Sotu Omoigui and P. O. Aderogbu, five winners of a competition and composed by Benedict Odiase.

It was adopted during the Military regime under the Obasanjo administration while making plans to hand over to Civilian Rule under Shehu Shagari.

Arise, O compatriots,
Nigeria’s call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labor of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom,
Peace and unity.

Oh God of creation,
Direct our noble cause
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.

Nigerian National Anthem Second Stanza

Oh God of creation,
Direct our noble cause
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.

Old Nigerian National Anthem

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” is the former national anthem of Nigeria, used from independence in 1960 until 1978. “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960. The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence. Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

Nigeria we hail thee
Our own dear native land
Though tribe and tongue may differ
In brotherhood we stand
Nigerians all and proud to serve
Our sovereign motherland

Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign
In peace or battle honour
And this we count as gain
To pass unto our children
A banner without stain

O God of all creation
Grant this our one request
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed

Nigerian National Anthem – Video

Nigerian National Anthem – Nigeria Flag

Nigeria Flag - Nigerian National Anthem

Nigeria Flag – Nigerian National Anthem

Nigerian National Pledge

I pledge to Nigeria, my country
To be faithful, loyal and honest
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity
And uphold her honour and glory
So help me God


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