From a force of 18,000 in infantry battalions and supporting units at the end of World War II in 1945, the strength of the Nigerian army rose to around 126,000 on three divisions by the end of the Nigerian civil war in 1970.
The Nigerian Army uses a flag that has three vertical stripes ( red, black and red). On it is the emblem of an eagle, a six pointed star, and the Arabic text.
It represents the graceful power of the Nigerian Army. Just like an Eagle, the Nigerian Army maintains keen surveillance of the country during times of peace and in readiness for an impeding war.
The stars are the first symbol of Nigeria’s unity, it was first struck by Lord Fredrick Lugard in 1914, the year of Nigeria’s amalgamation, to show how the northern and southern protectorates, were brought together to form and indivisible nation.
Therefore, the Nigerian Army must maintain the nation’s unity at all times ( that was why Aguiyi Ironsi promulgated his unification Decree no. 34 on May 24, 1966)
The Arabic Text:
The Arabic text on the Nigerian Army logo is, “NASRUNMINALLAH” which means “Victory Comes From God Alone.” The motto was formerly that of the great Jihadist, Usman Dan Fodio, ahead of the Sokoto caliphate which was inscribed by the British under the administration of Lord Fredrick Lugard.
The Red Color:
The red color portrays the enemy forces, their installations and their activities, it also represents the blood of those who died in service to their homeland.
The Black Color:
The black color depicts the Calvary, armored and mechanized troops of the Nigerian Army.
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