This post contains the two stanzas of the Nigerian National Anthem and the Pledge.
After independence on October 1 in 1960, Nigeria adopted a National Anthem. The first anthem that was used is “Nigerian We Hail Thee” before it was relinquished in 1978.
The current Nigerian National Anthem is Arise, O Compatriots and has two verses. Although, the second stanza is rarely sang, the first stanza is sang in every occasion.
This national anthem was composed by Late Pa Benedict Odiase when he was the director of the Nigerian Police Force.
Nigerian 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.
Second Stanza of the National Anthem
O 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 Nigerian 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.
Below is a video to the instrumental rendition of the two stanzas of the Nigerian Anthem.