Nigeria National Anthem Nigeria We hail thee Lyrics


Nigeria new national anthem: President Bola Tinubu has signed the Nigeria National Anthem Bill 2024, reinstating the old national anthem “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

Nigeria National Anthem
Nigeria New National Anthem

Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced this on Wednesday during a joint session of the National Assembly, commemorating the Silver Jubilee of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic.

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The event also marked the first anniversary of President Tinubu’s administration. Tinubu, who later attended the session, confirmed “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” as the new national anthem.

Nigeria National Anthem Lyrics

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’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to 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.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had previously passed the legislation to swap the national anthem from “Arise, O Compatriots” to “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” at separate sittings.

Following the signing of the bill by the President to reintroduce the old national anthem, the joint sitting jettisoned what has been in existence since 1978, to adopt the former (and newly signed) national anthem ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’.

The old anthem, “Nigeria, we hail thee”, composed when Nigeria gained independence on October 1, 1960, has replaced the “Arise, O Compatriots” anthem.

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Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria during its independence, penned the lyrics for “Nigeria, we hail thee,” while Frances Berda composed the music. The anthem played a significant role in shaping Nigeria’s national identity and unity during the 1960s and late 1970s.

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