The sound of the band and the melody form the brass echoed the air. The police band were rehearsing the National Anthem in preparation for the Independence day ceremony which is celebrated 1st of October.
They meant every word as they sang, I could see the zeal and commitment to their utterances. These promising youth were determined on contributing their own efforts to the development and growth of my nation.
It is believed that whenever a country gains its freedom or independence, one of the first things established is a national anthem. And this is because a ‘National Anthem’ signifies the nation’s status on which people pride themselves.
Thus, countries like France that prides itself on freedom in their anthem. While the likes of Germany, who at a time stood supreme, exalts itself above all.
But there are other countries like Ghana who, instead of pride, prays to God for guidance in their anthem…and her sister, Senegal, renders praise to mother Africa.
Our Anthem in Nigeria is a call to arise and serve our nation in peace, love and unity.
The national anthem is a “generally patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history,traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation’s government as the official national song,or by convention through use by the people.”
When singing the anthem, everyone of us is calling on one another to arise.Firstly, we are to see one another as compatriots. A patriot is a proud supporter or defender of his or hercountry and its way of life. A patriot loves his/her country with the whole of his/her life. A patriot is ready tolay down his life for his country. A patriot obeys all the laws of his land. A patriot is selfless, honest, loyal,and has unflinching support for his country.
Which call is Nigeria calling us? The call to be a voice for the voiceless, help the helpless, and feed thepoor. The call for national peace, unity, harmony, and love. The call for national sanity, security, and integra-tion. The call to stop terrorism and religious intolerance. The call to enlighten the ignorant, train the youths,and judge the wicked. The call for national moral cleansing. The call to use your talents, gifts, resources, andpower for her development. The call to put aside every form of past hatred and indifferences and join handstogether to build a great nation
We are called to serve sacrifiaially and obediently. Every one including lawyers, military officers, clerical staff, healthworkers, engineers, sportsmen, journalists, bankers, farmers, traders, ICT users and providers, vocationalworkers, in short, all professionals should render their services as expected. Do more for Nigeria than Nige-ria does for you
The labour of our heroes past through the use of the pen, others the power of the sword, others the power of their voice, and yet others the strength of their actions should not be allowed to go in vain. We should desist from trampling on their memories and spit on their graves. If they lived in these times, would they have been motivated to fight or would they have sat folding hands in despair like most Nigerians do viewing our nation as unredeemable? Would they weep if they could see our misguided heroes-turned-terrorists or the would-be heroes banished permanently to the back seat of our minds because someone had told us it was better to live a miserable life than fight
Every little act, every minute spent, every words uttered, every event and every knowledge impacted has an effect on the growth of our great Nation Nigeria.
Every of our daily and individual action is a cause which produces effect on both our individual lives and the country as a whole.
Let us individually contribute positively to the growth and development of our country Nigeria. It is not only about our leaders, we also have our parts to play.
Lets us continually make our pledge to our country Nigeria, to be faithful, loyal and honest. To serve Nigeria with all our strength. To defend her unity uphold her honour and glory.
Ref; https://www.academia.edu/14919458/ARISE_O_COMPATRIOTS by Fawole Victor