The National Flag represents the living country and is considered to be a living thing emblematic of the respect and pride we have for our nation. Our flag is a precious possession. Display it proudly.
There are certain fundamental rules of Heraldry which, if understood, generally indicate the proper method of displaying the flag. The right arm, which is the sword arm and the point of danger, is the place of honour. Hence, the union of the flag is the place of honour or the honour point.
The National Emblem is a symbol of our great country, our heritage and our place in the world. We owe reverence and respect to our flag.
It represents the highest ideals of individual liberty, justice and equal opportunity for all.
DISPLAY OF FLAGS
The flag of Nigeria, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
The flag of Nigeria should be at the centre and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of Nigeria, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of Nigeria should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of Nigeria or to Nigerian flag’s right.
When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flag should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
When the flag of Nigeria is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window, sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.\
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
The flag should not be displayed on days when the whether is inclement, except when an all-whether flag is displayed.
The flag should be displayed daily, on or near the main administration building of every public institution . . . in or near every polling place on election days . . . during school days in or near every school house.
No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag Nigeria, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea . . . for personnel of the Navy . . . when the church pennant may be flown above the flag.
No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honour to, or in place of, the flag of Nigeria at any place within Nigeria or any territory or possession thereof: Provided, that nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honour, with that of the flag of Nigeria at the headquarters of the United Nation.
When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the North in an East and West street or to the East in a North and South street.
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise.
The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
The flag, when carried in a procession or with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the centre of that line.
The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff (or as against a wall or in a window).
Picture of People Carrying Flags
The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument. But, it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument. That no disrespect should be shown to the flag of Nigeria, the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colours, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honour.
The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always a loft and free.
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.
The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the centre of the corridor or lobby with the union to the North when entrances are to the East or West – or to the East when entrances are to the North and South. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the East.
Picture of Flags in Church, Auditorium
When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of Nigeria should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honour at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or the right of the audience.
When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
During the rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.