Nigeria National Anthem Lyrics: Arise O Compatriots

In this post, the Nigeria National Anthem lyrics, Arise O Compatriots, as well as the Nigerian pledge have been provided by Nigerian Search Guide for those who genuinely do not know the lyrics of our national anthem and would sincerely love to learn. The lyrics are powerful and shows the Nigerian spirit in every word penned down.

Nigeria National Anthem Lyrics Arise O Compatriots

The Nigeria National Anthem lyrics, Arise O Compatriots, has also been provided for Nigerians who may have forgotten the wording and may want to remember it so as to sing along as a show of patriotism whenever the national anthem is being played.

Our current National Anthem was adopted in 1978, and it replaced the first Nigerian National Anthem: Nigeria We Hail Thee after our status as an independent, sovereign, republican nation was cemented in the years following 1963. “Arise O Compatriots” comprises of two stanzas and the national pledge which binds every Nigerian together as one.


As aforementioned, our national anthem is a source of pride and hope for every Nigerian whether home or away but many people do not know how to recite it and sing along when it is played. As surprising as it may be, many graduates of top Nigerian universities and polytechnics do not know how to recite the national anthem and some of our international footballers who carry it wherever they go cannot sing it properly.

The reason why it is so is unknown but it can be really embarrassing when caught unawares and asked to recite the national anthem of Nigeria and someone who is expected to know it just keeps mute. What this article seeks to do is to provide the reader with the correct lyrics so that anyone who previously didn’t know the correct words of the “Arise O Compatriots” can look at the wording and sing along with the aim of mastering it by heart.

The “Arise O Compatriots” was adopted as our national anthem in 1978 and it was put to music by the Nigerian Police Band and directed by Benedict E. Odiase. In the Nigerian military, the first stanzaof the Nigerian national anthem is referred to as the General Salute, while the second stanza is known as the National Prayer. Many Nigerian graduates serving the country at NYSC orientation camps will understand these terms as well.

As a mark of respect to the country, whenever the Nigerian National Anthem is being sung, everyone is expected to rise and stand still, at attention. Certain events where the Arise O Compatriots is sung are at school assembly grounds, many official gatherings, sport events and military parades. Below are the lyrics of the Nigerian National Anthem:

Nigeria National Anthem Lyrics, Arise O Compatriots Stanza 1:

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.

Nigeria National Anthem Lyrics, Arise O Compatriots Stanza 2:

Oh God of creation

Direct our noble cause

Guide our leaders 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 Plegde:

The Nigerian Pledge is recited immediately after the Nigerian National Anthem with the right hand on the chest. 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.


Yaku ‘yan Nijeriya ku farka;
Ku amsa kiran Nijeriya;
Domin mu taimaki ƙasarmu ta haihuwa;
Don aiki ga ƙasata cikin soyayya da riƙon gaskiya;
Domin gudumawar da shuwagabaninmu ‘yan kishin ƙasa suka bada;
kada ta zama a banza;
Muyi aiki da zuciya ɗaya da girmamawa a gareta;
Domin ta kasance ƙasa ɗaya mai yanci ga kowa tare da haɗin kai da zaman lafiya.


Bilie nu Umunne,
Nigeria oku rubere,
Iji na-eje ozi anyị nna,
Na ịhụnanya na ike na okwukwe,
The ọrụ anyị dike gara aga,
Agaghi-abụ ihe efu,
Iji na-eje ozi na obi na idi-ike,
Otu mba kee onwe,
Udo na ịdị n’otu.


Dide eyin ara.
Wa je-pe Naijiria,
ka fife sin ‘lewa
pelu okun ati ‘gbagbo
Ki ise awon akoni wa
ko ma se ja sa-san,
Ka sin tokan-tara
ile tominira wa,
ti alafia so-dokan.

Ezeh Emmanuella

Ezeh Emmanuella is an information enthusiast and the Editor of Nigerian Search Guide. She loves to answer search queries on everything Nigeria. She is also the brain behind Ellacious Designs, an emerging fashion brand in Nigeria today.

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