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Ima Richards: Pledge To Nigeria



I pledge to Nigeria my Country!
To be faithful, loyal and honest,
To serve Nigeria with all my Strength
To defend her unity
And uphold her honour and glory!
So help me God!

Mrs Adebola Adedoyin, penned down the words of the national pledge in an article tagged, “Loyalty to the Nation;” an article that was featured in the Daily Times of July 15, 1976. Her children, who were already used to reciting the pledges of other nations like the United States of America; were wondering why their own nation didn’t have one, and engaged themselves in several bouts of pestering their mum until she put together the above mentioned article.

Little did she know the outcome her article would have; the article was brought to the notice of the then Military President, General Olusegun Obasanjo,  who approved and passed into law recitation of the national pledge.Children in schools were made to recite. The words of the pledge are strong and draw your attention to the fact that as a Nigerian, you are responsible for upholding the honour of our great nation.

A pledge is a solemn promise, a vow of undertaking, an oath that you can never back down from. However, much can’t be said about our allegiance in this regard, probably because we might have not consciously considered the words of the pledge. Don’t get me wrong and lash out in anger, rather ask yourself these questions; am I living up to the words to this pledge of allegiance to my nation?

Put aside the thoughts you have about the standard of governance that we have or the quality of living rather lets focus on what you can do for this nation. Put aside the issues about insurgencies and security. Truly, think about it, have you been committed to the nation, Nigeria? Or don’t you think that Nigeria needs you to be loyal to her? Look at the words in the pledge again and truly ask yourself, have I been committed to the nation?

It might look like a tall order; quite impossible to accomplish. I say this to let you know that you have every capacity to build our nation and uphold her honour and glory. The people make the government and not just the government. The Government is not Nigeria. WE ARE NIGERIA.

Let’s arise and bring about the necessary change required in our nation. Don’t be amongst those who backlash or speak against her; speak and declare words of greatness. Know this that your words have power and what you say would always happen.

We cannot end this article without commending some outstanding Nigerians that have in their own way brought our nation into the limelight by their undeterred effort to make a difference. They are: Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu and Mosunmola Abudu, Tuface Idibia and many others who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their various fields of industry. I salute you!

I and you can make a change. Don’t wait for the government, start from where you are. Make that pledge today for a better tomorrow for our nation. WE ARE NIGERIA!

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I'm Ima Richards. I am just a typical young person, with great expections, loving life and enjoying it to the fullest. My best moments come when I write by the lagoon not the seaside, its peaceful there


  1. taipan

    October 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

    If everyone sing and mean the national anthem and the pledge with honesty and dignity Nigeria will be a better place. those are the best anthem lyrics and strong inspiring words of the pledge i have ever heard.

  2. Akaahan Terungwa

    October 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm


    The words are really great – and inspiring. But let’s be realistic: does Nigeria and our corrupt and self focused leaders really inspire hope, passion and trust? While it is easy to write about patriotism, in action, it is quite hard…in a country like Nigeria.

    …we shall continue to do our best anyway!


  3. Ima Richards

    October 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for the comments taipan and terungwa. With regards to your comment, terungwa, I choose to believe that this nation can be better and I know it will be but it starts first with YOU. If you already have the mindset that our nation is corrupt and there is no redemption for us, it will forever be so and trust me you will not be geared to act for change in the right direction.

    We have to start from somewhere and that somewhere starts with you. See change first; Martin Luther King saw a united America in a time when there was deep racial discrimination and today, we see a united America with an African American President. If they were told then that it would happen, nobody would have believed it.

    Like MLK, lets keep the dream alive. It might not be the most perfect of situations now, but you know what, YOU and I can still stir this nation in the path of greatness and glory. Remember, you are a Nigerian, if we don’t build our nation who will, no one would do it for us.

    YOU are NIGERIA,

    Thank you and God bless you!

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