Standardized Version of Reintroduced National Anthem Released

Standardized Version of Reintroduced National Anthem Released

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has released the standardized version of the reintroduced national anthem, which was signed into law by President Bola Tinubu on May 29. The anthem, composed by Lillian Jean Williams, was previously in use from 1960 to 1978.

The standardized version aims to clarify any doubts about the correct lyrics, with only one word change made – “and” to “are” in the first stanza. The official national anthem now reads:

Stanza 1:

Nigeria, we hail thee

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongues may differ

In brotherhood, we stand

Nigerians all, are proud to serve

Our sovereign Motherland

Stanza 2:

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

Stanza 3:

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 Director-General of NOA, Lanre Issa-Onilu, emphasized the importance of using the correct lyrics, highlighting that the words “tribes” and “tongues” are in plural in the first stanza.

The standardized version of the national anthem is now available, and Nigerians are encouraged to use the correct lyrics.

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