• GDP: 521 billion USD
  • Sectors: Agriculture 30.9% Industry 43% Services 26%
  • Unemployment: 24%
  • Import Partners: China 18.3%, US 10.1%, India 5.5% (2012)
  • GINI per capita: $2,710
  • Fitch Rating: BB- Stable
  • 4 Largest Cities: Lagos 11.223 million; Kano 3.375 million; Ibadan 2.949 million; Abuja 2.153 million.


  • Population Size: 174 Million
  • Religion: 50% Muslim, 40% Christian, 10% indigenous beliefs
  • Media Age: 18.2 years
  • Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani
  • Literacy: 61.3%


  • Total: 923,768 sq km
  • Land: 910,768 sq km
  • Water: 13,000 sq km
  • Border countries: Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger


  • Mobile Telephone Operators: Mtel (Transcorp); Airtel Nigeria (Airtel Group); Globacom; MTN Nigeria (MTN Group); Etisalat Nigeria (Etisalat); Multilinks Telkom; Starcomms; Zoom Mobile; Visafone
  • Television in Nigeria: NTA1, NTA2, Silverbird TV, AIT, Murhi International Television, ON Television, Galaxy TV, TV Continental.
  • 70 federal government-controlled national and regional TV stations; all 36 states operate TV stations; several private TV stations operational; cable and satellite TV subscription services are available;
  • Radio in Nigeria: Network of federal government-controlled national, regional, and state radio stations; roughly 40 state government-owned radio stations typically carry their own programs except for news broadcasts; about 20 private radio stations; transmissions of international broadcasters are available (2007)
  • Newspapers in Nigeria: PM News, The Sun, MW , Daily Times, Guardian, Thisday, Tribune, Punch, Vanguard      , Leadership, Nation, Blueprint, NewsDirect, Independent, Peoples Daily, Fresh Angle, FreshFacts, National Mirror, N-Observer, Daily Trust, Champion, Pointer Express, New Nigerian, BusinessDay, Desert Herald, Newsday, National Daily, Compass, KickOff-Soccer, Complete Sports
  •  Nollywood film industry earns 10 billion USD revenue (2014)


President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died in May 2010. Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, who has already been acting president since February, was sworn in as president on May 6. On May 12 Namadi Sambo, the governor of Kaduna, was appointed vice president; he was approved by parliament on May 18 and sworn in on May 19. On May 20 Deputy Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa was sworn in as governor of Kaduna.

Nigeria had established an informal and unwritten understanding where leadership alternates from North (Yoruba Dominated) to South (Ibo Dominated). Northern factions feel that after Yar’Adua’s death, a Northerner should have taken his place instead of the Southerner, Jonathan. Furthermore, Jonathan broke stood for the 2011 election and again for a second term in 2015 and this further elevates tensions within his own party (the PDP) and in wider Nigeria.

Independence: 1960

Suffrage: 18

Leadership Patterns and voting patterns:

  1. Presidency (1963-1966) Nationalist Party (NCNC)
  2. Military Government(1966-1979)
  3. Presidency (1979-1983) (NPN)
  4. Military Council (1983-1985)
  5. Presidential Military (1985-1993)
  6. Interim Presidency (1993)
  7. Provisional Council 1993-1998
  8. Presidency (1999-2007) PDP (South, Christian, Yoruba)
  9. Presidency (2007-2010) PDP (North, Islam, Fulani)(died)
  10. Presidency (2010-2011) PDP (South Christian, Ijaw)
  11. Presidency (2011- 2015) PDP (South, Christian, Ijaw)

Significantly Participates in:

  1. African Union
  2. WTO
  3. OPEC
  4. Non Aligned Movement
  5. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States)


  • Expenditure: 2,411 Million USD
  • Active Personnel: 130,000
  • Males fit for service: 20,839,976
  • Females fit for service: 19,867,683
  • Military Commands: Army, Navy Airforce

Military Leaders:

  • Kenneth Minimah (Army)
  • Usman Oyibe Jibrin (Navy)
  • Adesola Nunayon Amosu(Airforce)

Last Engagements:

  • Niger Delta
  • Northern Mali Conflict
  • Northern Nigeria (Boko Haram)
  • Liberia
  • Military Suppliers (USD):
  • China 156 Million
  • Italy 99 Million
  • United States: 66 Million
  • Ukraine: 50 Million

Security Issues:

  • Boko Haram (Violent Islamists)
  • Niger Delta (Ethnic)
  • Narco Trafficking
  • Kidnapping
  • Piracy
  • Corporate and political corruption

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