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The Federal Government, through the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, released the approved version of the reintroduced national anthem.

The agency also explicitly asked Nigerians to pay attention to the words in lines three and five of the national anthem that was reintroduced.

Recall that on May 29, 2024, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu signed into law the bill to revert to the old national anthem.

Lanre Issa-Onilu, the Director-General of the NOA, unveiled the standardized version of the anthem on Wednesday in Abuja.

He explained that the goal of the exercise was to guarantee that the lyrics remain consistent.

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He said: “Today’s event is to present the official version, which will clear all doubts about the correct lyrics as contained in the Act signed by the President.

“We call the attention of Nigerians to line three of the first stanza, which reads: Though tribes and tongues may differ,. Note that the words “tribes” and “tongues” are in plural. We want you to also note that line five of the first stanza reads: Nigerians all are proud to serve”. The word ”are”, not “and,” is correct.”

Standardised Anthem

Stanza 1
Nigeria, we hail thee
Our own dear native land
Though tribes and tongues may differ,
In brotherhood, we stand
Nigerians all proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

Stanza 2
Our flag will be a symbol
That truth and justice reign
In peace or battle, honor’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.

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