How To Recite The Nigerian National Anthem

The Nigerian National Anthem is the symbol of unity and patriotism among Nigerians. It is for Nigeria, by Nigerians in Nigeria and the diaspora but sadly, a vast majority of the Nigerian populace do not know how to recite the national anthem.

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Some who have a clue, begin to recite and stop halfway, while others mistake words like “fatherland” for “father’s land” and this can be somewhat embarrassing.

“Arise O Compatriots” as the Nigerian National Anthem is fondly called was adopted in the year 1978 and it replaced the former National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”.

The words of the Nigerian National Anthem were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase.

It is noteworthy to mention that the first stanza of the Nigerian National Anthem is also known as the General Salute, while the second stanza of the Anthem is called the National Prayer.

Below is the Nigerian National Anthem in full:

First Stanza (General Salute):

Arise, O compatriots

Nigeria’s call obey

To serve our fatherland

With love and strength and faith

The labour of our heroes past

Shall never be in vain

To serve with heart and might

One nation bound in freedom

Peace and unity.

Second Stanza (National Prayer):

Oh God of creation

Direct our noble cause

Guide our leaders right

Help our youth 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.

The 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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Chizoba Ikenwa

Ikenwa Chizoba is the founder and head of the research team at Nigerian Infofinder. He is also an experienced journalist, web designer, content creator and SEO specialist.

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