In terms of doctrine, the task of the Federal Nigerian Army has not changed; its task remains to close with and defeat an organized enemy. 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.
Now, let us take a look at the symbols and their meanings. The flag is flown at the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja.
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 preparedness for an impending war.
The two interlaced triangle-like six-pointed stars are the first symbol of Nigerian unity and were first struck by Governor-General Lord Lugard in 1914, the year of Nigeria's amalgamation, to show how the Northern and Southern Protectorates were brought together to form an 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, Uthman Dan Fodio, Head of the Sokoto Caliphate, which was inscribed by the British under Lord Lugard.
THE RED COLOUR
This colour portrays the enemy forces, their installations, and their activities.
THE BLACK COLOUR
Black depicts the cavalry, armoured, and mechanized troops.
In Nigeria, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated on the 15th of January to commemorate the servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It also honours veterans of World War I and II as well as the Nigerian Civil War.
In conclusion, while we ponder on history, we as the giant of Africa must arise as compatriots and reinvent the Nigeria of our dream, where "peace and justice shall reign.