Lyrics of the Nigerian National Anthem

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The Nigerian anthem is one of the most popular melodies in the country and the lyrics are popular. that being said do you know the actual lyrics. Arise, O Compatriots” is the national anthem of Nigeria. It was adopted in the late 1970s and is the country’s second-ever national anthem.

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History

It was adopted in 1978 and replaced the previous national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”. 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. Though it has two verses, usually the first is only sung on most occasions.

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Lyrics

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.
O 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

Author: BF

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