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Nigeria: Flags of Subdivisions since 1970

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Flags Status 1970-1990

In June 1970, the Nigerian central government passed a law forbidding the use of (subdivisional) state symbols. Since 1970 only the Nigerian coat of arms and flag may be used as symbol of a state. In the year 1976 with a further reform of the administrative divisions the structure of Nigerian subdivisions was changed. All further reforms of the administrative divisions in Nigeria did not provide for symbols of subdivisions.
Jens Pattke, 8 July 2006

Flags Since 1990

Article 4 of the Flags And Coat Of Arms Act Chapter 148 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990, says:

4. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, if in any public place in Nigeria the National Flag is to be exhibited or flown for any purpose, it shall not be exhibited with or be flown on the same staff or cross bar with the flag of any State, or the flag of any Commonwealth or foreign country; and the National Flag or any other flag when exhibited or flown shall not appear in a defaced or tattered condition; but the National Flag shall not be deemed to be defaced by reason only of the fact that it is embodied in or forms part of a State flag.

(2) Where the flag of any State is flown in the State to which it relates or elsewhere than in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, it shall not be necessary for the National Flag to be flown at the same time; but if the flag of a State and the National Flag are to be flown at the same time in a public place in that State or elsewhere in Nigeria, the National Flag of at least the same size as the State flag shall fly above that of any State flag.

Valentin Poposki, 20 December 2008


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