12 Jan 2007 • 1,105 views
Suby In The House
I remember growing up in Nigeria where every morning we were taught to have pride in our Nation, in every school in the country, the 1st daily ritual was to recite the National Anthem and Pledge.
For one reason or the other, the pledge I always remember even today is the old pledge below coined by our colonial masters. I was 3 when the current pledge was brought into force, so that tells you how ingrained the old must have been in my psyche for me to still remember and still be able to recite it.
I find myself feeling there is more heart and meaning to the old pledge as opposed to the "new" one. The words hold more meaning for me as opposed to the new one which is recited very robotically by the kids of this generation.
I took the shot above while walking past one of the Nigerian High commissions in London last year, a place that does not make me feel proud, un-kept, untidy dirty, and this is what we allow the world to see.
I hope one day soon Nigerians as a nation will start taking pride in ourselves and our
Nation and start asking "not what our Nation can do (or has done for us), but what we can do for our Nation "
The Old Nigerian Pledge
Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and 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 may be blessed.
The Current Nigerian Pledge (1976 date)
I pledge to Nigeria my country "Ars longa, vita brevis"
To be faithful loyal an honest
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity
And uphold her honour and glory
So help me God
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