Arise O Compatriots, Nigeria's Call Obey

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Arise O Compatriots, Nigeria's Call Obey  (1978) 
John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B. A. Ogunnaike, Sota Omoigui and P. O. Aderibigbe

Nigeria's present national anthem, "Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey" was adopted in 1978. It replaced the anthem "Nigeria We Hail Thee", adopted on independence in 1960, which was written by a British expatriate.

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.

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.