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Nigerian National Anthem: New and Old | National Pledge

“Arise, O Compatriots” replaces the old Nigerian national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”. It was adopted in 1978.

The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest. The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase

The New National Anthem

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 youth and 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.

The Old National Anthem

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

Yoruba Lyrics

Dide eyin ara .

Wa je-pe Naijiria,

ka fife sin ‘lewa

pelu okun ati ‘gbagbo

Ki ise awon akoni wa

ko ma se ja sa-san,

Ka sin tokan-tara

ile tominira wa,

ti alafia so-dokan

Igbo Lyrics

Bilie, O compatriots,

Nigeria oku rubere,

Iji na-eje ozi anyị nna,

Na ịhụnanya na ike na okwukwe,

The ọrụ anyị dike gara aga,

Agaghi-abụ ihe efu,

Iji na-eje ozi na obi na idi-ike,

Otu mba kee onwe,

Udo na ịdị n’otu.

Hausa Lyrics

Yaku ‘yan Nijeriya ku farka;

Ku amsa kiran Nijeriya;

Domin mu taimaki ƙasarmu ta haihuwa;

Don aiki ga ƙasata cikin soyayya da riƙon gaskiya;

Domin gudumawar da shuwagabaninmu ‘yan kishin ƙasa suka bada;

kada ta zama a banza;

Muyi aiki da zuciya ɗaya da girmamawa a gareta;

Domin ta kasance ƙasa ɗaya mai yanci ga kowa tare da haɗin kai da zaman lafiya.

The 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 honor and glory
So help me God.

Lyrics by:

John A. Ilechukwu

Eme Etim Akpan

A. Ogunnaike

Sota Omoigui and

P.O. Aderibigbe

 

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