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The population is 140 million (2006) with some 250 ethnic groups. The Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani and Ibo are the main ethnic groups. The capital is Abuja. Daily crude oil production was 2.2 million bar-rels per day in 4/03. The total reserve base was about 21 bil barrels. That’s about 30 years worth. In 2001 Nigeria was the world’s 12th largest oil producer.
(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A11)(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A14)
Nigeria is 369,507 square miles, twice the size of California, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. As of 2000 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states practiced Sharia law.
(AP, 4/19/03)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.44)
The core of the Sokoto Caliphate lies within the boundaries of present day Nigeria. It once covered an area of 250,000 square miles (650,000 square kilometers) and stretched as far as Nikki in Be-nin, Ngaundere and Tibati in Cameroon and much of the southern part of the Niger Republic.
(AP, 6/18/04)
Yoruba masters created decorative masks, headdresses, figures and other objects of art from this area and Benin.
(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A16)
The Wodaabe nomads number about 40-50,000 and move constantly across the Sahel between Niger, Mali and Northern Nigeria. They are of Fulani origin, a race scattered all over West Africa.
(SFEM, 10/11/98, p.40)
Links: CIA Factbook: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ni.html
Nigeria Business: http://www.nigeriabusinessinfo.com/nigeria-elections2003/babangida-regime.htm
TravelDocs: http://www.traveldocs.com/ng/index.htm
USLC: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ngtoc.html
World History KLMA: http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/westafrica/xnigeria.html