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Lyrics: ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’, Nigeria’s new old anthem

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On May 29 exactly a year after president Bola Tinubu’s inauguration he has ascented to the adoption of Nigeria’s old national anthem in ‘Nigeria we hail thee’.

The national anthem was composed by Lilian Jean Williams in 1960 before it was dropped for Arise O Compatriot in 1978:

Here is the lyrics of the national anthem: Nigeria We Hail Thee’

Nigeria we hail thee

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongue may differ

In brotherhood we stand

Nigerians all, are 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 shall be blessed.