Nigeria National Anthem Lyrics: President Tinubu Signs National Anthem Bill 2024

In a significant legislative development, President Bola Tinubu has signed the National Anthem Bill 2024 into law, officially reinstating Nigeria’s original national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

This landmark decision was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a joint session of the National Assembly, signaling a return to a cherished piece of Nigeria’s early history.

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was Nigeria’s national anthem from its independence in 1960 until 1978. Penned by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate, and composed by Frances Berda, this anthem played a crucial role in shaping Nigeria’s post-independence identity. However, it faced criticism over the years due to its non-Nigerian origins.

The legislative change, championed by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele of Ekiti Central, received strong support from lawmakers. Proponents of the bill argued that the original anthem embodies a more profound symbol of unity, peace, and prosperity compared to its successor, “Arise, O Compatriots.” Lawmakers emphasized that the current anthem, created during a military regime, does not resonate with the national values, ethics, and norms as deeply as the independence anthem does.

Here are the lyrics to the reinstated national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”:

Nigeria, We Hail Thee

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.

This anthem, once again, will echo through the hearts of Nigerians, celebrating the unity and shared heritage of the nation. As Nigeria embraces its original anthem, it not only revives a significant piece of its past but also looks forward to a future filled with unity and national pride.

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