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In ancient and pre-colonial times, the area of present-day Nigeria was occupied by a great diversity of ethnic groups with very different languages and traditions. British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy. After independence in 1960, politics were marked by coups and mostly military rule, until the death of a military head of state in 1998 allowed for a political transition. In 1999, a new constitution was adopted and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The government continues to face the daunting task of institutionalizing democracy and reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through decades of corruption and mismanagement. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Although both the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections were marred by significant irregularities and violence, Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence. The general elections of 2007 marked the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the country's history. National and state elections in 2011 and 2015 were generally regarded as credible. The 2015 election was also heralded for the fact that the then-umbrella opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, defeated the long-ruling People's Democratic Party that had governed since 1999, and assumed the presidency, marking the first peaceful transfer of power from one party to another. Presidential and legislative elections were held in early 2019 and deemed broadly free and fair despite voting irregularities, intimidation, and violence.



Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon

Geographic coordinates:

10 00 N, 8 00 E

Map references:



total: 923,768 sq km
land: 910,768 sq km
water: 13,000 sq km
country comparison to the world: 33

Area - comparative:

about six times the size of Georgia; slightly more than twice the size of California

Land boundaries:

total: 4,477 km
border countries (4): Benin 809 km, Cameroon 1975 km, Chad 85 km, Niger 1608 km


853 km

Maritime claims:

territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation


varies; equatorial in south, tropical in center, arid in north


southern lowlands merge into central hills and plateaus; mountains in southeast, plains in north


mean elevation: 380 m
lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest point: Chappal Waddi 2,419 m

Natural resources:

natural gas, petroleum, tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc, arable land

Land use:

agricultural land: 78% (2011 est.)
arable land: 37.3% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 7.4% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 33.3% (2011 est.)
forest: 9.5% (2011 est.)
other: 12.5% (2011 est.)

Irrigated land:

2,930 sq km (2012)

Population distribution:

largest population of any African nation; significant population clusters are scattered throughout the country, with the highest density areas being in the south and southwest as shown in this population distribution map

Natural hazards:

periodic droughts; flooding

Environment - current issues:

serious overpopulation and rapid urbanization have led to numerous environmental problems; urban air and water pollution; rapid deforestation; soil degradation; loss of arable land; oil pollution - water, air, and soil have suffered serious damage from oil spills

Environment - international agreements:

party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:

the Niger River enters the country in the northwest and flows southward through tropical rain forests and swamps to its delta in the Gulf of Guinea

People and Society


214,028,302 (July 2020 est.)
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
country comparison to the world: 6


noun: Nigerian(s)
adjective: Nigerian

Ethnic groups:

Hausa 30%, Yoruba 15.5%, Igbo (Ibo) 15.2%, Fulani 6%, Tiv 2.4%, Kanuri/Beriberi 2.4%, Ibibio 1.8%, Ijaw/Izon 1.8%, other 24.7% (2018 est.)
note: Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups


English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, over 500 additional indigenous languages


Muslim 53.5%, Roman Catholic 10.6%, other Christian 35.3%, other .6% (2018 est.)

Demographic profile:

Nigeria's population is projected to grow from more than 186 million people in 2016 to 392 million in 2050, becoming the world's fourth most populous country. Nigeria's sustained high population growth rate will continue for the foreseeable future because of population momentum and its high birth rate. Abuja has not successfully implemented family planning programs to reduce and space births because of a lack of political will, government financing, and the availability and affordability of services and products, as well as a cultural preference for large families. Increased educational attainment, especially among women, and improvements in health care are needed to encourage and to better enable parents to opt for smaller families. ++ Nigeria needs to harness the potential of its burgeoning youth population in order to boost economic development, reduce widespread poverty, and channel large numbers of unemployed youth into productive activities and away from ongoing religious and ethnic violence. While most movement of Nigerians is internal, significant emigration regionally and to the West provides an outlet for Nigerians looking for economic opportunities, seeking asylum, and increasingly pursuing higher education. Immigration largely of West Africans continues to be insufficient to offset emigration and the loss of highly skilled workers. Nigeria also is a major source, transit, and destination country for forced labor and sex trafficking.

Age structure:

0-14 years: 41.7% (male 45,571,738/female 43,674,769)
15-24 years: 20.27% (male 22,022,660/female 21,358,753)
25-54 years: 30.6% (male 32,808,913/female 32,686,474)
55-64 years: 4.13% (male 4,327,847/female 4,514,264)
65 years and over: 3.3% (male 3,329,083/female 3,733,801) (2020 est.)

Dependency ratios:

total dependency ratio: 86
youth dependency ratio: 80.9
elderly dependency ratio: 5.1
potential support ratio: 19.6 (2020 est.)

Median age:

total: 18.6 years
male: 18.4 years
female: 18.9 years (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 207

Population growth rate:

2.53% (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 22

Birth rate:

34.6 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 21

Death rate:

9.1 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 59

Net migration rate:

-0.2 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 107

Population distribution:

largest population of any African nation; significant population clusters are scattered throughout the country, with the highest density areas being in the south and southwest as shown in this population distribution map


urban population: 52% of total population (2020)
rate of urbanization: 4.23% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)

Major urban areas - population:

14.368 million Lagos, 3.999 million Kano, 3.552 million Ibadan, 3.278 million ABUJA (capital), 3.020 million Port Harcourt, 1.727 million Benin City (2020)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female
total population: 1.02 male(s)/female (2020 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth:

20.3 years (2013 est.)
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29

Maternal mortality rate:

917 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 4

Infant mortality rate:

total: 59.8 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 65.4 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 54 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 12

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 60.4 years
male: 58.6 years
female: 62.3 years (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 216

Total fertility rate:

4.72 children born/woman (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 18

Contraceptive prevalence rate:

16.6% (2018)

Drinking water source:

improved: urban: 92.6% of population
rural: 63.6% of population
total: 77.9% of population
unimproved: urban: 7.4% of population
rural: 36.4% of population
total: 22.1% of population (2017 est.)

Current Health Expenditure:

3.8% (2017)

Physicians density:

0.45 physicians/1,000 population (2016)

Sanitation facility access:

improved: urban: 80.2% of population
rural: 39.5% of population
total: 59.7% of population
unimproved: urban: 19.8% of population
rural: 60.5% of population
total: 40.3% of population (2017 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

1.3% (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 35

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:

1.8 million (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 4

HIV/AIDS - deaths:

45,000 (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 4

Major infectious diseases:

degree of risk: very high (2020)
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever
water contact diseases: leptospirosis and schistosomiasis
animal contact diseases: rabies
respiratory diseases: meningococcal meningitis
aerosolized dust or soil contact diseases: Lassa fever
note: on 7 October 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Travel Health Notice for a Yellow Fever outbreak in Nigeria; a large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Nigeria began in September 2017; the outbreak is now spread throughout the country with the Nigerian Ministry of Health reporting cases of the disease in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory; the CDC recommends travelers going to Nigeria should receive vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel and should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while there; those never vaccinated against yellow fever should avoid travel to Nigeria during the outbreak ++ note: widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring throughout Nigeria; as of 8 December 2020, Nigeria has reported a total of 68,937 cases of COVID-19 or 334 cumulative cases of COVID-19 per 1 million population with 6 cumulative deaths per 1 million population; as of 19 March 2020, the Government of Nigeria has restricted entry into Nigeria for travelers from the following high incidence countries: China, Italy, Iran, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, US, UK, Netherlands, and Switzerland

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:

8.9% (2016)
country comparison to the world: 145

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:

21.8% (2018)
country comparison to the world: 19

Education expenditures:



definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 62%
male: 71.3%
female: 52.7% (2018)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):

total: 9 years
male: 9 years
female: 8 years (2011)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:

total: 13.8%
male: NA
female: NA (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 100


Country name:

conventional long form: Federal Republic of Nigeria
conventional short form: Nigeria
etymology: named for the Niger River that flows through the west of the country to the Atlantic Ocean; from a native term "Ni Gir" meaning "River Gir"

Government type:

federal presidential republic


name: Abuja
geographic coordinates: 9 05 N, 7 32 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
etymology: Abuja is a planned capital city, it replaced Lagos in 1991; situated in the center of the country, Abuja takes its name from a nearby town, now renamed Suleja

Administrative divisions:

36 states and 1 territory*; Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Federal Capital Territory*, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara


1 October 1960 (from the UK)

National holiday:

Independence Day (National Day), 1 October (1960)


history: several previous; latest adopted 5 May 1999, effective 29 May 1999
amendments: proposed by the National Assembly; passage requires at least two-thirds majority vote of both houses and approval by the Houses of Assembly of at least two thirds of the states; amendments to constitutional articles on the creation of a new state, fundamental constitutional rights, or constitution-amending procedures requires at least four-fifths majority vote by both houses of the National Assembly and approval by the Houses of Assembly in at least two thirds of the states; passage of amendments limited to the creation of a new state require at least two-thirds majority vote by the proposing National Assembly house and approval by the Houses of Assembly in two thirds of the states; amended several times, last in 2018

Legal system:

mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law (in 12 northern states), and traditional law

International law organization participation:

accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; accepts ICCt jurisdiction


citizenship by birth: no
citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Nigeria
dual citizenship recognized: yes
residency requirement for naturalization: 15 years


18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:

chief of state: President Maj. Gen. (ret.) Muhammadu BUHARI (since 29 May 2015); Vice President Oluyemi "Yemi" OSINBAJO (since 29 May 2015); note - the president is both chief of state, head of government, and commander-in-chief of the armed forces
head of government: President Maj.Gen. (ret.) Muhammadu BUHARI (since 29 May 2015); Vice President Oluyemi "Yemi" OSINBAJO (since 29 May 2015)
cabinet: Federal Executive Council appointed by the president but constrained constitutionally to include at least one member from each of the 36 states
elections/appointments: president directly elected by qualified majority popular vote and at least 25% of the votes cast in 24 of Nigeria's 36 states; president elected for a 4-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 23 February 2019 (next to be held in February 2023); note: the election was scheduled for 16 February 2019, but postponed on 16 February 2019
election results: Muhammadu BUHARI elected president; percent of vote - Muhammadu BUHARI (APC) 53%, Atiku ABUBAKER (PDP) 39%, other 8%

Legislative branch:

description: bicameral National Assembly consists of: Senate (109 seats - 3 each for the 36 states and 1 for Abuja-Federal Capital Territory; members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve 4-year terms) ++ House of Representatives (360 seats; members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve 4-year terms)
elections: Senate - last held on 23 February 2019 (next to be held on 23 February 2023); note: election was scheduled for 16 February 2019 but was postponed on 15 February 2019 ++ House of Representatives - last held on 23 February 2019 (next to be held on 23 February 2023); note: election was scheduled for 16 February 2019 but was postponed on 15 February 2019
election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - APC 65, PDP 39, YPP 1, TBD 3; composition - men 103, women 6, percent of women 5.5% ++ House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - APC 217, PDP 115, other 20, TBD 8; composition - men 346, women 14, percent of women 3.9%; note - total National Assembly percent of women 4.3%

Judicial branch:

highest courts: Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice and 15 justices)
judge selection and term of office: judges appointed by the president upon the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, a 23-member independent body of federal and state judicial officials; judge appointments confirmed by the Senate; judges serve until age 70
subordinate courts: Court of Appeal; Federal High Court; High Court of the Federal Capital Territory; Sharia Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory; Customary Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory; state court system similar in structure to federal system

Political parties and leaders:

Accord Party or ACC [Mohammad Lawal MALADO] ++ All Progressives Congress or APC [Adams OSHIOMHOLE] ++ All Progressives Grand Alliance or APGA [Victor Ike OYE] ++ Democratic Peoples Party or DPP [Biodun OGUNBIYI] ++ Labor Party or LP [Alhai Abdulkadir ABDULSALAM] ++ Peoples Democratic Party or PDP [Uche SECONDUS] ++ Young Progressive Party or YPP [Kingsley MOGHALU]

International organization participation:


Diplomatic representation in the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Sylvanus Adiewere NSOFOR (since 29 November 2017)
chancery: 3519 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 516-4277
FAX: [1] (202) 362-6541
consulate(s) general: Atlanta, New York

Diplomatic representation from the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Mary Beth LEONARD (since 24 December 2019)
telephone: [234] (9) 461-4000
embassy: Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, Abuja
mailing address: P. O. Box 5760, Garki, Abuja
FAX: [234] (9) 461-4036
consulate(s): Lagos

Flag description:

three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green; the color green represents the forests and abundant natural wealth of the country, white stands for peace and unity

National symbol(s):

eagle; national colors: green, white

National anthem:

name: Arise Oh Compatriots, Nigeria's Call Obey
lyrics/music: John A. ILECHUKWU, Eme Etim AKPAN, B.A. OGUNNAIKE, Sotu OMOIGUI and P.O. ADERIBIGBE/Benedict Elide ODIASE
note: adopted 1978; lyrics are a mixture of the five top entries in a national contest


Economic overview:

Nigeria is Sub Saharan Africa's largest economy and relies heavily on oil as its main source of foreign exchange earnings and government revenues. Following the 2008-09 global financial crises, the banking sector was effectively recapitalized and regulation enhanced. Since then, Nigeria's economic growth has been driven by growth in agriculture, telecommunications, and services. Economic diversification and strong growth have not translated into a significant decline in poverty levels; over 62% of Nigeria's over 180 million people still live in extreme poverty. ++ Despite its strong fundamentals, oil-rich Nigeria has been hobbled by inadequate power supply, lack of infrastructure, delays in the passage of legislative reforms, an inefficient property registration system, restrictive trade policies, an inconsistent regulatory environment, a slow and ineffective judicial system, unreliable dispute resolution mechanisms, insecurity, and pervasive corruption. Regulatory constraints and security risks have limited new investment in oil and natural gas, and Nigeria's oil production had been contracting every year since 2012 until a slight rebound in 2017. ++ President BUHARI, elected in March 2015, has established a cabinet of economic ministers that includes several technocrats, and he has announced plans to increase transparency, diversify the economy away from oil, and improve fiscal management, but has taken a primarily protectionist approach that favors domestic producers at the expense of consumers. President BUHARI ran on an anti-corruption platform, and has made some headway in alleviating corruption, such as implementation of a Treasury Single Account that allows the government to better manage its resources and a more transparent government payroll and personnel system that eliminated duplicate and "ghost workers." The government also is working to develop stronger public-private partnerships for roads, agriculture, and power. ++ Nigeria entered recession in 2016 as a result of lower oil prices and production, exacerbated by militant attacks on oil and gas infrastructure in the Niger Delta region, coupled with detrimental economic policies, including foreign exchange restrictions. GDP growth turned positive in 2017 as oil prices recovered and output stabilized.

GDP real growth rate:

0.8% (2017 est.)
-1.6% (2016 est.)
2.7% (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 178

Inflation rate (consumer prices):

11.3% (2019 est.)
12.1% (2018 est.)
16.5% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 211

Credit ratings:

Fitch rating: B (2020)
Moody's rating: B2 (2017)
Standard & Poors rating: B- (2020)

GDP (purchasing power parity) - real:

$1.121 trillion (2017 est.)
$1.112 trillion (2016 est.)
$1.13 trillion (2015 est.)
note: data are in 2017 dollars

GDP (official exchange rate):

$475.062 billion (2019 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):

$5,900 (2017 est.)
$6,100 (2016 est.)
$6,300 (2015 est.)
note: data are in 2017 dollars
country comparison to the world: 149

Gross national saving:

18.2% of GDP (2017 est.)
16% of GDP (2016 est.)
12.3% of GDP (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 110

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 21.1% (2016 est.)
industry: 22.5% (2016 est.)
services: 56.4% (2017 est.)

GDP - composition, by end use:

household consumption: 80% (2017 est.)
government consumption: 5.8% (2017 est.)
investment in fixed capital: 14.8% (2017 est.)
investment in inventories: 0.7% (2017 est.)
exports of goods and services: 11.9% (2017 est.)
imports of goods and services: -13.2% (2017 est.)

Ease of Doing Business Index scores:

86.2 (2020)

Agriculture - products:

cocoa, peanuts, cotton, palm oil, corn, rice, sorghum, millet, cassava (manioc, tapioca), yams, rubber; cattle, sheep, goats, pigs; timber; fish


crude oil, coal, tin, columbite; rubber products, wood; hides and skins, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food products, footwear, chemicals, fertilizer, printing, ceramics, steel

Industrial production growth rate:

2.2% (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 126

Labor force:

60.08 million (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 9

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 70%
industry: 10%
services: 20% (1999 est.)

Unemployment rate:

16.5% (2017 est.)
13.9% (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 181

Population below poverty line:

70% (2010 est.)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

lowest 10%: 1.8%
highest 10%: 38.2% (2010 est.)


revenues: 12.92 billion (2017 est.)
expenditures: 19.54 billion (2017 est.)

Taxes and other revenues:

3.4% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 220

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):

-1.8% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 99

Public debt:

21.8% of GDP (2017 est.)
19.6% of GDP (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 185

Fiscal year:

calendar year

Current account balance:

$10.38 billion (2017 est.)
$2.714 billion (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 24


$1.146 billion (2017 est.)
$34.7 billion (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 154

Exports - partners:

India 30.6%, US 12.1%, Spain 6.6%, China 5.6%, France 5.5%, Netherlands 4.4%, Indonesia 4.4% (2017)

Exports - commodities:

petroleum and petroleum products 95%, cocoa, rubber (2012 est.)


$32.67 billion (2017 est.)
$35.24 billion (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 69

Imports - commodities:

machinery, chemicals, transport equipment, manufactured goods, food and live animals

Imports - partners:

China 21.1%, Belgium 8.7%, US 8.4%, South Korea 7.5%, UK 4.4% (2017)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:

$38.77 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
$25.84 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 45

Debt - external:

$40.96 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
$31.41 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 73

Exchange rates:

nairas (NGN) per US dollar -
383.5 (2020 est.)
362.75 (2019 est.)
363 (2018 est.)
192.73 (2014 est.)
158.55 (2013 est.)


Electricity access:

population without electricity: 77 million (2019)
electrification - total population: 62% (2019)
electrification - urban areas: 91% (2019)
electrification - rural areas: 30% (2019)

Electricity - production:

29.35 billion kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 67

Electricity - consumption:

24.72 billion kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 69

Electricity - exports:

0 kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 178

Electricity - imports:

0 kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 180

Electricity - installed generating capacity:

10.52 million kW (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 58

Electricity - from fossil fuels:

80% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 82

Electricity - from nuclear fuels:

0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 157

Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:

19% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 91

Electricity - from other renewable sources:

0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 203

Crude oil - production:

1.989 million bbl/day (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 11

Crude oil - exports:

2.096 million bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 6

Crude oil - imports:

0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 177

Crude oil - proved reserves:

37.45 billion bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 10

Refined petroleum products - production:

35,010 bbl/day (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 83

Refined petroleum products - consumption:

325,000 bbl/day (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 41

Refined petroleum products - exports:

2,332 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 102

Refined petroleum products - imports:

223,400 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 31

Natural gas - production:

44.48 billion cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 18

Natural gas - consumption:

17.24 billion cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 41

Natural gas - exports:

27.21 billion cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 13

Natural gas - imports:

0 cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 169

Natural gas - proved reserves:

5.475 trillion cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 8

Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:

104 million Mt (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 42


Telephones - fixed lines:

total subscriptions: 146,075
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 125

Telephones - mobile cellular:

total subscriptions: 184,013,243
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 88.18 (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 7

Telecommunication systems:

general assessment: one of the larger telecom markets in Africa; most Internet connections are via mobile networks; foreign investment presence, particularly China; market competition; LTE-A technologies available but GSM technology dominate; mobile penetration rate of 123% and 173 million subscribers; unified licensing regime; government committed to expanding broadband penetration; in Q1 2018, the Nigerian Communications Commission approved seven licenses to telecom companies to deploy fiber optic cable in the six geopolitical zones and Lagos; operators invest in base stations to take care of network congestion (2020)
domestic: fixed-line subscribership remains less than 1 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular services growing rapidly, in part responding to the shortcomings of the fixed-line network; multiple cellular providers operate nationally with subscribership base over 88 per 100 persons (2019)
international: country code - 234; landing point for the SAT-3/WASC, NCSCS, MainOne, Glo-1 & 2, ACE, and Equiano fiber-optic submarine cable that provides connectivity to Europe and South and West Africa; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (2 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean) (2019)
note: the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively impacting telecommunications production and supply chains globally; consumer spending on telecom devices and services has also slowed due to the pandemic's effect on economies worldwide; overall progress towards improvements in all facets of the telecom industry - mobile, fixed-line, broadband, submarine cable and satellite - has moderated

Broadcast media:

nearly 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; 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; digital broadcasting migration process completed in three states in 2018 (2019)

Internet country code:


Internet users:

total: 85,450,052
percent of population: 42% (July 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 8

Broadband - fixed subscriptions:

total: 73,965
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 126


National air transport system:

number of registered air carriers: 13 (2020)
inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 104
annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 8,169,192 (2018)
annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 19.42 million mt-km (2018)

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix:

5N (2016)


54 (2013)
country comparison to the world: 87

Airports - with paved runways:

total: 40 (2017)
over 3,047 m: 10 (2017)
2,438 to 3,047 m: 12 (2017)
1,524 to 2,437 m: 9 (2017)
914 to 1,523 m: 6 (2017)
under 914 m: 3 (2017)

Airports - with unpaved runways:

total: 14 (2013)
1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2013)
914 to 1,523 m: 9 (2013)
under 914 m: 3 (2013)


5 (2013)


124 km condensate, 4045 km gas, 164 km liquid petroleum gas, 4441 km oil, 3940 km refined products (2013)


total: 3,798 km (2014)
standard gauge: 293 km 1.435-m gauge (2014)
narrow gauge: 3,505 km 1.067-m gauge (2014)
note: as of the end of 2018, there were only six operational locomotives in Nigeria primarily used for passenger service; the majority of the rail lines are in a severe state of disrepair and need to be replaced
country comparison to the world: 54


total: 195,000 km (2017)
paved: 60,000 km (2017)
unpaved: 135,000 km (2017)
country comparison to the world: 29


8,600 km (Niger and Benue Rivers and smaller rivers and creeks) (2011)
country comparison to the world: 15

Merchant marine:

total: 677
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 105, other 557 (2019)
country comparison to the world: 33

Ports and terminals:

major seaport(s): Bonny Inshore Terminal, Calabar, Lagos
LNG terminal(s) (export): Bonny Island

Military and Security

Military and security forces:

Nigerian Armed Forces: Army, Navy (includes Coast Guard), Air Force; Ministry of Interior: Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC, a paramilitary agency commissioned to assist the military in the management of threats to internal security, including attacks and natural disasters) (2020)

Military expenditures:

0.5% of GDP (2019)
0.5% of GDP (2018)
0.4% of GDP (2017)
0.4% of GDP (2016)
0.4% of GDP (2015)
country comparison to the world: 149

Military and security service personnel strengths:

size estimates for the Nigerian Armed Forces vary; approximately 135,000 active personnel (100,000 Army; 20,000 Navy/Coast Guard; 15,000 Air Force); est. 80,000 Security and Civil Defense Corps (2019 est.)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions:

the Nigerian Armed Forces' inventory consists of a wide variety of imported weapons systems of Chinese, European, Middle Eastern, Russian (including Soviet-era), and US origin; since 2010, the leading suppliers include China, France, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the US; Nigeria has been the largest arms importer in sub-Saharan Africa since 2014; Nigeria is also developing a defense-industry capacity, including small arms, armored personnel vehicle, and small-scale naval production (2019)

Military deployments:

200 Ghana (ECOMIG); MNJTF (1 brigade or approximately 3,000 troops committed; note - the national MNJTF troop contingents are deployed within their own country territories, although cross‐border operations are conducted periodically) (2020)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2012)

Maritime threats:

the International Maritime Bureau reports the territorial and offshore waters in the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea as very high risk for piracy and armed robbery of ships; in 2018, 48 commercial vessels were boarded or attacked compared with 33 attacks in 2017; in 2018, 29 ships were boarded eight of which were underway, 12 were fired upon, and 78 crew members were abducted; Nigerian pirates have extended the range of their attacks to as far away as Cote d'Ivoire and as far as 170 nm offshore; the Maritime Administration of the US Department of Transportation has issued a Maritime Advisory (2019-010-Gulf of Guinea-Piracy/Armed Robbery/Kidnapping for Ransom) effective 19 July 2019, which states in part "Piracy, armed robbery, and kidnapping for ransom (KFR) continue to serve as significant threats to U.S. flagged vessels transiting or operating in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). ...According to the Office of Naval Intelligence's "Weekly Piracy Reports" 72 reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea occurred in the GoG region this year as of July 9, 2019. Attacks, kidnappings for ransom (KFR), and boardings to steal valuables from the ships and crews are the most common types of incidents with approximately 75 percent of all incidents taking place off Nigeria. During the first six months of 2019, there were 15 kidnapping and 3 hijackings in the GoG."

Military - note:

the Nigerian Armed Forces are used primarily for internal security operations; in the northeast, the military is conducting counterinsurgency/counter-terrorist operations against the Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) terrorist groups, where it has deployed as many as 70,000 troops at times; in the northwest, it faces threats from criminal gangs, bandits, and militants associated with ongoing farmer-herder violence, as well as BH and ISWA terrorists; the military also focuses on the Niger Delta region to protect the oil industry against militants and criminal activity, although the levels of violence there have decreased in recent years (2020)


Terrorist group(s):

Boko Haram; Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham – West Africa; Jama'atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan (Ansaru) (2020)
note: details about the history, aims, leadership, organization, areas of operation, tactics, targets, weapons, size, and sources of support of the group(s) appear(s) in Appendix-T

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international:

Joint Border Commission with Cameroon reviewed 2002 ICJ ruling on the entire boundary and bilaterally resolved differences, including June 2006 Greentree Agreement that immediately cedes sovereignty of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon with a phaseout of Nigerian control within two years while resolving patriation issues; the ICJ ruled on an equidistance settlement of Cameroon-Equatorial Guinea-Nigeria maritime boundary in the Gulf of Guinea, but imprecisely defined coordinates in the ICJ decision and a sovereignty dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon over an island at the mouth of the Ntem River all contribute to the delay in implementation; only Nigeria and Cameroon have heeded the Lake Chad Commission's admonition to ratify the delimitation treaty which also includes the Chad-Niger and Niger-Nigeria boundaries; location of Benin-Niger-Nigeria tripoint is unresolved

Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 61,774 (Cameroon) (2020)
IDPs: 2,896,548 (northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram attacks and counterinsurgency efforts in northern Nigeria; communal violence between Christians and Muslims in the middle belt region, political violence; flooding; forced evictions; cattle rustling; competition for resources) (2020)

Illicit drugs:

a transit point for heroin and cocaine intended for European, East Asian, and North American markets; consumer of amphetamines; safe haven for Nigerian narcotraffickers operating worldwide; major money-laundering center; massive corruption and criminal activity; Nigeria has improved some anti-money-laundering controls, resulting in its removal from the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) Noncooperative Countries and Territories List in June 2006; Nigeria's anti-money-laundering regime continues to be monitored by FATF