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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
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