Flag, Motto, Pledge & Coat of ArmsFlag, Motto, Pledge & Coat of Arms
History of The Nigerian Flag
Meaning - Our flag states that, when prosperity abounds, peace thrives, hence the white colour guarded by two green pillars: Peace thrives in prosperous times!
To purchase The Nigerian Flag
Peace and Unity, Strength and Progress
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 honor and glory
So help me God.
Coat of Arms
The black shield represents the good earth of Nigeria.
The silver wavy bands represent the rivers Niger and Benue.
The white horses (the two supporters) represent dignity.
The eagle represents strength.
The wreath is in the colours of the Nigerian flag.
The ground on which the bearings stand is Coctus Spectablis, which is a common wild flower found throughout Nigeria.
(The symbol below is Nigeria's Coat of Arms. )
Coat of Arms
The present Nigerian Coat-of-Arms remains the only recognised symbol of our national unit, of authority and state power. It is governed by the National Flag and Coat-of-ArmsOrdinance number 48 of 1960. Prior to 1975, when the present Nigerian Coat-of-Arms came into existence, each of the constituent political units of the federation of Nigerian had its own coat of arms - the then three abolished by law in 1975 and a single Coat-of-Arms adopted for the country as a whole as the symbol of National Unity.
There are seven permanent features of the Nigerian Coat-of-Arms. These features are:
i. The Shield;
ii. The two wavy bands on the Shield;
iii. The two supporters (Horses) on the two sides of the Shield;
iv. The flora/foliage Coctus Spectabilis (flowers on which the shield rests);
v. The Eagle;
vi. The Wreath on which the Eagle perches; and
vii. The Motto of the Nation below the Shield.
DESCRIPTION: The Shield which is black, represents the good of Nigeria. The Wavy bands, which are silvery on the Shield, represent the rivers Niger and Benue and their conflucence. The ground (flora) on which the Shield stands is Coctus Spectabilis which is a common wild flower found throughout Nigeria. The Wreath is in Nigeria?s National Colours of Green and White. The Eagle stands for strength. ?Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress? is the country?s motto.
DISPLAY/USAGE: Government presence is depicted in offices and other public palces with the placing of the Nigerian Coat-of-Arms side by side with the portrait of the President and Commander-in-Chief. The portrait of the Commander-in-Chief is usually to the right of the Coat-of-Arms, while that of the Principal Officers/Chief Executives of any government establishment e.g. the Governor or Head of Establishment is on the left of the Coat-of-Arms. This position remains valid when the portraits are hung on the wall.
In a situation where the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief, is addressing the nation the Coat-of-Arms is usually encapsulated in the seal of the nation and placed above the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief?s seat. It should be noted that the Commander-in-Chief?s portrait as well as that of the Principal Officer of the Government establishment, in which the Coat-of-Arms is located, should always support the Coat-of-Arms or the Armorial Bearings.
N.B. Improper placement/display or absence of these symbols in offices of Principal Officers/Chief Executives constitutes an offence.