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Nigeria: Federal republic in West Africa
Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state. Nigeria has been home to a number of ancient and indigenous kingdoms and states over the millennia. The modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and took its present territorial shape with the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914 by Lord Fredrick Lugard. The British set up administrative and legal structures while practicing indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms, Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960. It experienced a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It thereafter alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential election considered the first to be reasonably free and fair.

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Nigeria imposes restrictions amid sharp increase in COVID-19 cases [Video]

Nigeria imposes restrictions amid sharp increase in COVID-19 cases

Nigerian government announces series of measures to contain the spread of the virus following a sharp rise in cases and its first death.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published
Bata is back: Nigerian shoemakers step up [Video]

Bata is back: Nigerian shoemakers step up

A franchise of global shoemaker Bata has opened a factory in Abuja, in a sign that the Nigerian government's campaign to boost domestic manufacturing is paying off. Nneka Chile reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:05Published
Coronavirus spread wipes trillions off markets [Video]

Coronavirus spread wipes trillions off markets

As the world prepares for a feared coronavirus pandemic, more new countries reported their first cases; many originating from Italy and Iran. Lucy Fielder reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:18Published
Coronavirus crash wipes $5 trillion off world stocks [Video]

Coronavirus crash wipes $5 trillion off world stocks

Coronavirus panic sent world share markets crashing again on Friday, compounding their worst week since the 2008 global financial crisis and bringing the wipeout in value terms to $5 trillion. Ciara..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published
The broken lives of Nigeria's gay law suspects [Video]

The broken lives of Nigeria's gay law suspects

From beatings to lost jobs: men arrested at a birthday party two years ago, accused of being gay, say their punishments have already begun. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 04:14Published
Paved With Good Intentions? Why Nigerians Can Barely Afford Rice [Video]

Paved With Good Intentions? Why Nigerians Can Barely Afford Rice

Rice is a staple element in the Nigerian diet. In fact, Nigeria is the No. 1 consumer of rice in all of Africa. But according to Business Insider, Nigerian farmers are worrying rice may become..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published
Glencore sees first loss in four years [Video]

Glencore sees first loss in four years

Glencore has reported its first annual loss in four years as hefty charges took a toll. Now questions are being asked about when CEO Ivan Glasenberg will go. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:56Published
#LagosIsWalking: a city bristles under bike ban [Video]

#LagosIsWalking: a city bristles under bike ban

Commuters in Lagos, such as lawyer Abisoye Adeniyi, are finding their journeys to work even more torturous in Nigeria's notoriously gridlocked commercial capital after a ban on commercial motorbikes..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published
Attackers kill, abduct dozens in northeast Nigeria [Video]

Attackers kill, abduct dozens in northeast Nigeria

Women and children kidnapped by gunmen in attack close to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published
Trump Admin Expands List Of Countries On Travel Ban List [Video]

Trump Admin Expands List Of Countries On Travel Ban List

The Trump administration's controversial visa and travel bans have now been extended to include more countries. According to CNN, the bans are among President Donald Trump's signature policies. The..

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Witness says no women arrested in case of 47 Nigerian men charged under homosexuality law

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Letter from Africa: Fake news and Nigeria's media

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Gunmen kill at least 50 in northern Nigeria state of Kaduna

An armed gang killed at least 50 people in attacks on villages in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna on Sunday, Kaduna's governor said on Monday on a visit to the affected communities.
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Senegal confirms first coronavirus case: health ministry

Senegal's health minister on Monday announced the first case of coronavirus in the country, the second case in sub-Saharan Africa after one was confirmed in Nigeria last week.
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Police in southeastern Nigeria raided a child trafficking facility holding at least 23 children and four pregnant teenagers, a police spokesman said on Thursday.
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Islamist militant groups in Nigeria have begun targeting Christians in an attempt to provoke a religious war, the information minister said on Thursday.
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