He later returned on a match-by-match deal, which ended in November after failure to qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup.
"It's a fresh start. We need the support of our fans, media and every Nigerian to return the team to where we truly belong," Keshi told BBC Sport.
"As a coach and former player I was also hurt that we failed to qualify for the last Nations Cup.
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“I remain confident that this time around we will see an improvement, change in attitude and positive results”Stephen Keshi
"To succeed we all need to come together as one because Nigeria belongs to us - this is not Stephen Keshi's team but our national team."
The Nigerian Football Federation technical committee boss Felix Anyansi-Agwu said: "The NFF board is confident Stephen Keshi can take the Super Eagles to new heights.
"We want Nigerians to see this as a new beginning and to support the team and the NFF."
Keshi, who also won the Nations Cup as a player with Nigeria in 1994, declined to comment on the contract details or the exit of his long-term assistant Daniel Amokachi.
Former Nigeria striker Amokachi has left his role with immediate effect and been replaced by Salisu Yusuf.
The Super Eagles have been drawn in one of the toughest-looking groups, alongside seven-time champions Egypt, Tanzania and Chad.
"I understand we still have some disappointed people out there but our dedicated players deserve our encouragement and support," added Keshi.
"It doesn't matter where they play, these boys always give everything and we need to stand by them and the coaching crew.
"I remain confident that this time around we will see an improvement, change in attitude and positive results."