Nigeria has come a long way,
And I believe that God hears her cry every day.
She is a nation filled with glory and beauty
A nation rising to her full potentiality
She is a nation blessed beyond measure
A nation endowed with heavenly treasures.
Her seeds in Africa are the most numerous,
And her response to development, so spontaneous
Even though her neigbours see her as notorious,
I blame them not, because their eyes are fixed on the exterior
But God’s verdict on her is glorious.
The first stanza of the national anthem reads “Arise oh compatriots”
This was a call to patriotism.
“Nigeria call obey”
She knew you would not disobey.
“To serve our father land”
This pledge made you a special brand.
“With love and strength and faith”
This she knew you had in abundance
To her, this was your allegiance
Knowing you were not a deviant.
“The labour of our heroes past shall not be in vain”
At this point, the baton was passed on
Our switches were turned on
It was our duty now that their legacy lives on
That their efforts could be reborn
In an emerging generation to come.
“to serve with heart and might”
Not with your mouth and fight
Assuming chief justice of who was wrong and who was right
But becoming a light strand, carrying the light
To the desolate heritage, bringing them up the height.
“One nation bound in freedom
peace and Unity”
One nation, many kingdoms
Uniting in diversity.
You are a Nigerian not by accident
And that your skin is black was no coincident
You we following an order of precedence
Caring less about your personal dividend
In your meetings you prayed for the president
Hoping to see your dreams come to fulfillment
You are indeed a God-sent.
Nigeria’s democracy is a celebration of you and me
Its jubilation for a future we hope to see
Its congratulations to your courage and patient
That with insanity in the atmosphere, you were still sane
Separated from the crowd, upholding your true name
You never exchanged your dignity for fame
When other picked up arms, you said it was dirty game
When other prostituted, your ego called it a shame
Countless calamities never turned you handicapped or lame
Or an insatiable murmurer, always pushing blame
Smiles dripping on your face even in times of pains
Nigeria needs you
Will you be the answer to her cry?
Or part of the crowd just asking why
Dig now, your ideas she will buy
Because she know u can make a difference
Congratulations to you
Cos there will be no Nigeria without you