National Coat of Arms and Its Meaning
COAT OF ARMS AND ITS MEANING
top of the coat of arms is an eagle, red in colour, depicting
The eagle is mounted on a wreath which is rendered in
the national colours.
The eagle and wreath rest on a shield.
The Shield, black in colour, signifies the fortuitous
qualities of the land in cultural, mineral and solid resources.
The Y-shaped, silver-coloured wavy band
in the middle of the shield represents the two major rivers
in the country viz. River Niger and River Benue.
Two white horses support the shield on
either side. These signify dignity. The base Upon
which the shield rests in Coctus spectabilis, a wild flower
that grows in many parts of the country.
Underneath all of these is the motto of
the Country which reads: “Unity and Faith,
Peace and Progress.”
THE NATIONAL FLAG
flag is a rectangular strip divided into three equal parts
viz. green, white and green. The green depicts the
country’s land and agriculture potential while the
white depicts peace and unity. It may be useful
to note that the two horizontal edges are longer than
the vertical edges.
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Arise, O compatriots Nigeria’s call
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labour of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom
Peace and unity.
O God of creation, direct our noble course
Guide thou our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace
And justice shall reign.
here for sound
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.
Location: Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea;
Niger & Chad (north) Benin (west) and Cameroon (east).
- Total Area: 923,768
- Land area: 910,768 sq.km
- Water: 13,000 sq.km
1. BOTH SEXES = 140,431,790
2. MALE = 71,345,488
3. FEMALE = 69,086,302
(official), Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Fulani and more than 200
LITERACY: Age 15
and over can read and write
Total literate population: 68% (2003)