INFORMATION ON NIGERIA
 

BThe National Coat of Arms and Its Meaning

BThe National Flag

BThe National Anthem

BThe National Pledge

BGeography


THE NATIONAL COAT OF ARMS AND ITS MEANING

The top of the coat of arms is an eagle, red in colour, depicting Nigeria’s strength.
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

Nigeria’s 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 obey
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.

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THE NATIONAL PLEDGE

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.


GEOGRAPHY

Location: Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea; Niger & Chad (north) Benin (west) and Cameroon (east).

AREA

  • Total Area: 923,768 sq.km
  • Land area: 910,768 sq.km
  • Water: 13,000 sq.km


PEOPLE


1. BOTH SEXES = 140,431,790

2. MALE = 71,345,488

3. FEMALE = 69,086,302

LANGUAGES:  English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Fulani and more than 200 others

LITERACY:  Age 15 and over can read and write

Total literate population: 68% (2003)



 

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