Arise, O Compatriots…..The beginning of our National ANTHEM
Accompanied by a Pledge that still stands sacred and SOLEMN.
NIGERIA, a country known to have Rivers Niger and Benue at a CONFLUENCE,
Having so many great resources to keep her citizens perpetually in MAGNIFICENCE.
She has had so many challenges, but against all odds, has maintained her RESILIENCE.
One of those big challenges is that her leaders and occupants hardly get to a CONCURRENCE.
Oh, that we will rise up and build or improve on, or replace the different structures and sectors that have gone into OBSOLESCENCE,
And also help build that fundamental belief in ourselves and others – having a great CONFIDENCE.
Oh, that we will continue to uphold the sacred Pledge that talks about keeping her strength and unity in DEFENCE!
Oh, that the foolish will reduce if only the few wise will NOT resort to an abused SILENCE!
Oh, that we will NOT pursue personality before CHARACTER,
But be as clean and transparent as pure streams of WATER!
Oh, that we will all treat one another without discrimination of DIVERSITY,
And uphold our solemn virtues with utmost and wholesome INTEGRITY!
I still SEE and BELIEVE in a NIGERIA whose POSITIVE INFLUENCE spreads throughout the EARTH
And I pledge to play my own part to give my Fatherland a better shape and REBIRTH.
SO HELP ME, GOD.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
By Zion Emmanuel Obeten