Lyrics and Audio: How to Sing Old National Anthem as Reps Seek Its Return, "Nigeria We Hail Thee"

Lyrics and Audio: How to Sing Old National Anthem as Reps Seek Its Return, "Nigeria We Hail Thee"

  • The House of Representatives on Thursday, May 23, passed a bill for old national anthem's return
  • The sponsors of the bill emphasised patriotism and nationalism as the main reason for its proposal
  • This report provides a full text of the old national anthem and its tune as Nigerians will have to familiarise themselves with it should the bill finally scale through

FCT, Abuja-The House of Representatives, on Thursday, May 23, advanced a bill to its second reading, proposing the reinstatement of the old national anthem.

Leading the debate on the bill's general principles, its sponsor, Julius Ihonvbere, highlighted the significance of patriotism and nationalism as the core reasons for his proposal.

Nigeria National anthem
Solomon Agbalaka of Nigeria (C) sings the National Anthem with his teammates prior to FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023 Round of 16 match. Photo credit: Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images
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The “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” anthem, with lyrics written by Lilian Jean Williams and music composed by Frances Berda in 1959, was Nigeria's national anthem from 1960, the year of independence, until it was replaced by “Arise, O Compatriots” in 1978.

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Old national anthem: Familiarise yourself with lyrics

The lyrics of the anthem, crafted by Lilian Jean Williams in 1959, inspire national pride and unity, The Punch reported. Here is the full lyrics:

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.

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Old national anthem: Know the melody

You can listen to recordings of the to familiarize yourself with the melody or use sheet music to follow along.

Reps pass bill to increase salaries of CJN, others

In other news, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 20, passed a bill to prescribe the salaries, allowances, and fringe benefits of judicial office holders in the country, which provides a total monthly package of 5,385,047.26 for the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Under the bill, which was submitted to the House on Tuesday, March 19, by President Bola Tinubu, other Justices of the Supreme Court are to earn a total package of N4, 213,192.54, while the President of the Court of Appeal is to earn a total monthly package of N4, 478,415.78.

Additionally, justices of the Court of Appeal are slated to receive a total monthly package of N3,726,665.40.


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