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Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Jamhuriyar Taraiyar Nijeriya  (Hausa)
  • Ọ̀hàńjíkọ̀ Ọ̀hànézè Naìjíríyà  (Igbo)
  • Orílẹ̀-èdè Olómìniira Aláàpapọ̀ Nàìjíríà  (Yoruba)
Flag of Nigeria
Coat of arms of Nigeria
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress"
Location of Nigeria shown in dark green
Location of Nigeria shown in dark green
Capital Abuja
9°4′N 7°29′E / 9.067°N 7.483°E / 9.067; 7.483
Largest city Lagos
6°27′N 3°23′E / 6.450°N 3.383°E / 6.450; 3.383
Official languages English
Major languages
Other languages
Demonym Nigerian
Government Federal presidential republic
• President
Muhammadu Buhari
Yemi Osinbajo
Bukola Saraki
Yakubu Dogara
W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen (acting)
Legislature National Assembly
House of Representatives
Independence from the United Kingdom
• Unification of Southern and Northern Nigeria
• Declared and recognised
1 October 1960
• Republic declared
1 October 1963
29 May 1999
• Total
923,768 km2 (356,669 sq mi) (32nd)
• Water (%)
• 2015 estimate
188,462,640 (7th)
• 2006 census
• Density
197.2/km2 (510.7/sq mi) (71st)
GDP (PPP) 2016 estimate
• Total
$1.166 trillion (20th)
• Per capita
$6,351 (124th)
GDP (nominal) 2016 estimate
• Total
$484.895 billion (21st)
• Per capita
$2,640 (122nd)
Gini (2010)  43.0
HDI (2015) Increase 0.514
low · 152nd
Currency Naira (₦) (NGN)
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Drives on the right
Calling code +234
ISO 3166 code NG
Internet TLD .ng
Nigeria National symbols of Nigeria
Flag Bicolour
Emblem Coat of arms of Nigeria
Anthem "Arise, O Compatriots"
Animal Eagle
Bird Black crowned crane
Flower Costus spectabilis
Sport Football

The Federal Republic of Nigeria Listeni/nˈɪəriə/, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Its largest cities include: Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Benin City and Port Harcourt. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.


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