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Fellow Nigerians, here are the lyrics of the reinstated national anthem

The national anthem has henceforth changed from “Arise, O Compatriots” to “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

President Bola Tinubu.

The old anthem, ‘Nigeria we hail thee’, composed by a British expatriate, Lillian Jean Williams, became Nigeria’s national anthem on October 1, 1960.

However, in 1978 the military regime of Olusegun Obasanjo abandoned the anthem and adopted a new two-stanza anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots.”

Interestingly, the old anthem, which was abandoned because it was composed by non-Nigerians, has now been re-adopted 46 years later.

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With the signing of the bill into law on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the national anthem has henceforth changed from “Arise, O Compatriots” to “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

Nigeria, we hail thee,

Our own dear native land,

Though tribe and tongue may differ,

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In brotherhood, we stand,

Nigerians all, and proud to serve

Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol

That truth and justice reign,

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In peace or battle honour’d,

And this we count as gain,

To hand on to our children

A banner without stain.

O God of all creation,

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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.

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