President TinubuThe Federal Republic of Nigeria (or "Nigeria" for short) is the most populous country in all of Africa and the seventh-most populous country in the world today with a population of about 225 million people. Nigeria's population growth rate hovers around 2.6%.

Nigeria has a total land area of about 923,768 squared kilometers (about 1.5% of which is covered by water) with about 853 km of coastline. Just about 33.02% of Nigeria's total land area remains arable (land good for farming). Nigeria ranks 32nd in the world by total land area.

Nigeria shares borders with the Republic of Niger to the North, the Republics of Cameroon and Chad to the east and the Republic of Benin to the west. Nigeria also borders the Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) to the south.

Nigeria comprises of 36 different states with Abuja being the federal capital. Over 50% of Nigeria's population lives in urban areas in major cities and towns such as Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Ibadan and Kaduna. Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria, has a total land area of about 713 squared kilometers and its metropolitan area is home to about 6.5 million people. Lagos, the most populous city in Africa today, is also the economic powerhouse of Nigeria. Lagos City, which used to be the capital of Nigeria from 1914 to 1991, is home to about 25 million people with an estimated metropolitan area population of 32 million people. Kano, another major city in Nigeria today, is home to about 4.5 million people followed by Ibadan ( Ibadan has a population of about 3.7 million people), Onitsha (home to about 1.5 million people), Kaduna (metro area population of about 1.2 million people), etc.  

Nigeria comprises of about 250 different ethnic groups with Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and Fulani being the most dominant ethnic groups both socially and politically. The Yorubas make up about 21% of the total population. The Igbos make up about 18% of the total population. The Hausa and Fulanis together make up about 29% of the total population. Other influential groups living in Nigeria today include the Ijaws who make up about 10% of the total population, the Kanuris (about 4% of the total population), the Ibibios (about 3.5% of the total population), and the Tivs (about 2.5% of the population).

Islam remains the most dominant religion in Nigeria today with roughly 51% of the population being Muslims. Christians make up about 40% of the total population. Traditionalists, indigenous believers and other religious groups make up the remaining fraction of the population.

Although English is the official language of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there are more than 550 different languages and dialects spoken in Nigeria today. In fact, Nigeria had about 1500 different ethnic languages not long ago. About 950 are "dead" due mostly to outside influence. On the streets of Nigeria however, broken English or "Pigdin" reigns supreme. Almost the entire population do speak and understand the "pidgin" language (broken English) which helps a lot in communication. Most other African countries especially the Anglophone countries like Ghana and Liberia also speak and understand the "pidgin" language which helps a lot in breaking the language barriers among these countries.

Nigeria has a literacy rate of about 61.3% for the total population with the female literacy rate hovering around 50.4%. In other words, just about 50.4% of the total population of females above the age 15 can read and write in Nigeria today which is very bad considering Nigeria's population size and the role Nigeria plays in Africa.

Nigeria is a very rich country in terms of human and natural resources. Nigeria is blessed with abundance of natural gas, petroleum, tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc, arable land, etc. Nigeria is a very oil-rich country. In fact, Nigeria is the leading exporter of oil in Africa today and one of the leading oil exporters in the world (the 6th leading oil exporter in the world today). Nigeria's petroleum industry remains the largest industry and the main generator of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in Nigeria today.

Despite the abundance of human and natural resources, Nigeria remains one of the "poor" countries in the world today. Nigeria has the largest population of poor people in Africa today and suffers the most from population explosion.

Corruption and poor governance continue to tear Nigeria apart. In fact, Nigeria remains one of  the most corrupt countries in Africa today with a very high unemployment rate. Almost all political figures in Nigeria today are corrupt in one way or the other leaving the average Nigerian with nothing but poverty, anger and despair. 

Although Nigeria has many graduates, most of them end up on the streets with nothing at all to do after college. Most of these unemployed graduates engage themselves in online scams and other fraudulent activities (popularly known as the "419" business) just to survive. Between 40-45 percent of Nigeria's population lives below the international poverty line. In fact, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), over 40.1% of Nigeria's population was living below poverty line ( of 137,430 naira ($381.75) per year) in 2019. Most people have given up on education because they find nothing useful to do with their degrees and certificates after school. These days, you see children of school-going age roaming about street hawking.

According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria's HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate hovers around 3.17%.  About 3.5 million people were living with the disease in 2014 with about 175,000 deaths recorded within the same year. Most children on the streets have lost either one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Also, Nigeria remains one of the malaria killing zones in Africa today. Bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, yellow fever, sleeping sickness, etc., continue to threaten several lives in Nigeria today.

According to the UNICEF, almost 30% of Nigeria's children under the age 5 are underweight. Malnutrition remains a major problem in Nigeria today and contributes to the deaths of about half a million children each year (about 1 in every 2 child deaths).

Water and land degradation (caused mainly by agricultural and industrial runoffs. Oil spillage poisons food sources and water bodies especially in the Niger Delta areas), deforestation (rampant cutting down of trees for timber, firewood, charcoal, etc), air pollution (caused mainly by lack of government regulations and improper waste disposals especially in the urban areas), desertification (especially in the northern parts of the country), rapid urbanization (which puts much pressure on the available natural resources), etc. remain some of the major environmental challenges facing Nigeria today.

Several religious, ethnic and polical conflicts continue to tear Nigeria apart. The Boko Haram and its crazy millitants continue to destroy several innocent lives and properties especially in the northern areas of Nigeria. Despite the numerous government attempts and promises, armed robbers, kidnappers, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations, continue to rampantly steal, rape, kill and destroy in Nigeria.

Religious tensions especially between Christians and Muslims in some parts of Nigeria often leave many people in fear and insecurity. Also, ethnic and political insurgent movements such as the Niger Delta Avengers movement or the NDA, separatist and seccessionist movements such as the Independent People Of Biafra or the IPOB movement and many others, continue to fuel tensions and clashes all across Nigeria.

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Gregory Adekomaya
Most people are actually missing the point; clamoring for Nigeria to separate is not the answer. Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa has something going for her as far as human resources goes. I believe that our human resources is one of the best asset she has going for her. Leadership problem is what we have. If the Northern people are not as educated as the Southerners, it is the fault the power that be. If the North and the South are on the same page, I believe that will have good leaders. Because people do not know how to right the wrong that has been done to them, they decided to be sour losers "BOKO HARAM". In the name of every thing that makes sense how there you say that Western Education is bad.
Joy Temidayo
The people are really suffering to the extent that they transfer aggression to their fellow Nigerians. Yet the leaders holding different political offices kept on buying unnecessary material things and kept on telling us "they did figure it out for us" but yet nothing is coming our way.

Is this how we will continue to live?
How many people have strong hearts to condole all these unrests?
I hope at least someone will just do something at least to give a ray of hope for we the poor and the mass at large.

Debessay Gabriel
All the wealth of Nigeria only benefit the multinational corporations who have corrupted the political elite. Its foreign policy is even subject to the wishes of London and Washington so much so that it has joined little Djibouti, useless Somalia and Ethiopia to accuse a fellow African country of human right violations. What is happening to the peoples within the borders of these three countries is difficult to imagine, but they are well protected diplomatically as long as they become good errand boys to the West.
Harrison Nlemedim
The fact is that, one person cannot make Nigeria to develop. Each and every one of us have a role to play. I truly believe that one of our problems in this country is the problem of what my country will do for us and not what we can will do for our country. The leaders should aim on how to contribute to the nation, not only how to share the national cake. I LOVE Nigeria and as a student, I am working positively to make great impact in my father land.
Mabia obinna
For Nigeria to work out her own success, I think all the local government chairmen should carry out their duties seriously. This is because, Nigeria is a federal state and local governments help to bring their people closer to the government. It pains me that Nigerians still go out to vote during local government elections when we know that they do nothing when they are in office. It's time for Nigerians to be smart and stand upright for their future.
felix ogb
Nigeria needs to let biafra go.
Insecurity is also a problem in Nigeria today. Nigeria is facing this problem because of the bad governance.
The problem of Nigeria is identification. We Hausas made a mistake accommodating the Fulanis who today have turned against us. These Fulanis arrived in Nigeria and took away power from the peace-loving Nigerians, changed all systems to accommodate their plan, entered the police force, the army, and politics. They established a caliphate and overthrew the Hausa traditional system. This is the truth.

A Fulani man believes only in the Fulani system. They are against any system that does not favor them. That is the major problem facing Nigeria. Nigeria has well-learned people but for the simple fact that Fulanis are in control, and will like to be in control, nothing will move forward in Nigeria. We have lost all our families and friends. Today insecurity is all over Nigeria. They are building all kinds of structures to enslave Nigerians.

Bad governance and insecurity plus religion is their system. There will be no future in Nigeria till Nigerians come to understand this point. Fulanis are the major problem facing Nigeria today. Without Fulanis, Nigeria is paradise.

Whether anyone believe it or not, the TRUTH OF THE MATTER is what Gambo said!
Everybody says God will help Nigeria. Yes, we know. We should also play our parts. Don't just sit down saying God will help Nigeria.
Ojobo Mary Ehi Whitney
Nigeria is yes blessed with many natural resources but the idea is that, an economist should be the ruler of this country.