Arise, O Compatriots
National anthem of Nigeria
|Lyrics||John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B. A. Ogunnaike, Sota Omoigui and P. O. Aderibigbe, 1978|
|Music||Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of B. E. Odiasse, 1990|
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 only the first is sung. On some occasions, the second verse is recited as "The National Prayer".
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.
Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause
Guide our leader’s 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 Nigerian pledge of allegiance is recited immediately after the playing of the Nigerian national anthem: It was written by Prof (Mrs.) Felicia Adebola Adedoyin in 1976.
- 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
- "Nigeria's National Anthem Composer, Pa Ben Odiase, Dies". Gazelle News. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-07-08.