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Nigeria

Nigeria is a developing country in western Africa that has experienced periods of political instability. It has the largest population on the continent, estimated at 144 million people, and its infrastructure is not fully functional or well maintained. Read the Department of State’s Background Notes on Nigeria for additional information.

Nigeria

           
 

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Capital City: Abuja
Boundary Countries:

Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger

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Main Cities:

Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Sokoto, Yola, Zaria, Kaduna, Warri, Port Harcourt

Country Size: 923,768 sq km
Population: 131,859,731

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

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

Currency: naira (NGN)
Predominant Religions:

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

National Holidays: Independence Day (National Day), 1 October (1960)
Economic Status:

Oil-rich Nigeria, long hobbled by political instability, corruption, inadequate infrastructure, and poor macroeconomic management, is undertaking some reforms under a new administration. In the last year the government has begun showing the political will to implement the reforms urged by the IMF, such as to modernize the banking system, to curb inflation by blocking excessive wage demands, and to resolve regional disputes over the distribution of earnings from the oil industry.

Security:

Nigerian Armed Forces (Forces Armees Nigeriennes, FAN): Army, Niger Air Force

US Presence:

The US Embassy is located at 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central Area, Abuja. Tel [234](9) 461-4000, The e-mail address for the Consular Section in Abuja is ConsularAbuja@state.gov.

The US Consulate General is located at 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos. American citizens can call 011 [234] (1) 261-1215 during office hours (7:30a to 4p). For after-hours emergencies, call 011 [234] (1) 261-1414, 261-0195, 261-0078, 261-0139, or 261-6477. The email address for the Consular Section in Lagos is LagosCons2@state.gov. 
The website for the Embassy and the Consulate is http://abuja.usembassy.gov.
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Major Airports:

Airports: 69, Airports w/paved runways: 36

Lagos – Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM)
Lagos Airport, Nigeria, PO Box 21084, Ikeja, Lagos, 01, NIGERIA
Lagos Airport, Nigeria, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, 01, NIGERIA
Tel: +234 (0)1 493 3385, +234 (0)1 493 1140
Fax: +234 (0)1 493 3147
Customs, hours: 24 hours

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