The ensign of Nigeria contains a dim shield with a wavy white pall, symbolizing the social event of the Niger and Benue conduits at lokoja. The dim shield addresses Nigeria’s productive soil, while the two supporting horses or chargers on each side address honorability. The bird of prey addresses quality, while the green and white gatherings on the most elevated purpose of the shield address the rich soil.
The red blooms at the base are costus spectabilis Nigeria’s national blossom. This sprout was picked for joining in the crest as it is found all over Nigeria and moreover speak to the greatness of the nation. On the banderole around the base is Nigeria’s national axiom since 1978: “Solidarity and Faith, Peace and Progress” (in the past “Amicability, Unity, Freedom”).