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Essential Facts:

Independence

1 October 1960 (from UK)

Capital

Abuja

Main cities

Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Enugu, Kaduna

Size

924 000 sq km (356 700 sq. miles)

Population

140 million (2006)

Main languages

English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani

Religion

Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, Indigenous beliefs 10%

Ethnicity

More than 250 ethnic groups, including Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Ibo 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%

Currency

Naira (NGN)

Calling Code

234

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