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Presidential flag

[Presidential Flag]
by Jaume Ollé, 13 Apr 2001

The Presidential Standard is red, also in proportions 1:2, with a large green shield, fimbriated white, in the centre. This is charged with the shield from the Coat of Arms, which is black, with a wavy-edged 'Y' or 'pall' in white (representing the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers against the black of Nigeria). Above and below this are three black scrolls containing the legend "President Federal Republic of Nigeria" [sic] in gold letters.
Source: Flags of the World page 153
Santiago Dotor, 13 Apr 2000

State flag and State ensign

I've been browsing trough the World Flag Database, and came by Nigeria. There is a state flag pictured there, same as national flag, but with the state arms in the middle (and thus similar to former Zimbabwe flag :-) ). I have never seen this state flag, and Smith both in 1975 and 1980 book don't have it, claiming the simple green-white-green flag to be used for all purposes but the naval ensign. Was this changed since?
zeljko heimer, 30-OCT-1996

The Nigerian embassy in Dublin flies the plain triband with no arms. I would expect an embassy to use the state flag if one exists, as the Spanish embassy here does.
Does anyone know whether or not the state flag described by Crampton still exists?
Vincent Morley, 10-FEB-1998

Three weeks ago here in Bandung the 45th anniversary of the Afro-Asian Conference was held. Many ambassadors to Indonesia attended the ceremony, and use their official car with car flags. I took the picture of the Nigerian Ambbassador's flag on his car. It clearly shows the state coat-of-arms.
Sammy Kanadi, 8 May 2000

Might not this be the Nigerian flag as used specifically by the ambassador rather than as a "state flag"? The Nigerian triband with the arms on the center surrounded by a ring of stars would seem analogous to the British ambassadors' flag (UJ with the arms on the center surrounded by a wreath).
Joe McMillan, 8 May 2000

I think since an ambassador is the head of state's personal envoy to other countries, they are strongly supposed to use the state flag, and in this case,I think this is the use. But I have no confirmation of this.
Sammy Kanadi, 10 May 2000

As far as I understood these are not the "clasical" state flags, defined by some law and used by all (or most, or some) state institution. These are more something like "ceremonial flags", or possibly even "flags of diplomatic corps". Are they defined by some law indeed, or are they maybe "just" a nice invention of vex- aware African diplomats? And, unconnected with this - what's the star ring in the photo - is that a part of Nigerian COA, or is it "just another ornamentation", if I can put it that way. Also, is there any special reason for the topmost star to be larger?
Zeljko Heimer, 11 May 2000

Jan Zrzavy mentions that "Flaggkarta" (Lantmäteriet - Kartförlaget, 1995 (Swedish)) shows the state ensign as blue with the national flag in the canton.
ole andersen 14-MAY-1998

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