The Nigerian coat of arms features an eagle mounted on a black shield, which is trisected by two silvery wavy bands. Two white chargers support the shield,and at it's base is a wreath of coctus spectabilis flowers cast in the national colors of white and green.
The black shield represents the fertile soil while the silvery bands denote the Niger and Benue Rivers, which form the main inland waterways in the country.
The coctus spectabilis is a colorful flower, which grows wildly in Nigeria.
The eagle stands for strength and the chargers symbolize
The Nigeria coat-of-arms is the country’s symbol of national unity, state power, and authority. It was created in line with the National Flag and Coat-of-Arms Ordinance number 48 of 1960.
The Nigeria coat-of-arms was adopted officially in 1975. Before this time, each of the country’s constituent political units had its own coat-of-arms.
The Nigeria coat-of-arms has seven permanent features — each symbolizing a particular entity or virtue about the country:
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