Nigeria
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Capital
Abuja

Area
356,667 sq mi
923,768 sq km


Population
133,881,703 (est 2003)

Largest city
Lagos
pop. 8,349,700


Languages
English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani and over 200 other native languages

Peoples
Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5% and more than 250 other ethnic groups

Religion
Islam 50%, Christian 40%, Animist (indigenous beliefs) 10%

Life Expectancy
total population: 50.49 years
male: 50.35 years
female: 50.63 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 68%
male: 75.7%
female: 60.6% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic transitioning from military to civilian rule


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