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Nigeria (/nˈiriə/ Listen), officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa. It is the most populous country in Africa; geographically situated between the Sahel to the north, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south in the Atlantic Ocean; covering an area of 923,769 square kilometers, with a population of over 211 million. It borders Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Nigeria is a federal republic comprising 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world and second largest in Africa.

Nigeria has been home to several indigenous pre-colonial states and kingdoms since the second millennium BC, with the Nok civilization in the 15th century BC marking the first internal unification in the country. The modern state originated with British colonialization in the 19th century, taking its present territorial shape with the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914 by Lord Lugard. The British set up administrative and legal structures while practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms. Nigeria became a formally independent federation on October 1, 1960. It experienced a civil war from 1967 to 1970, followed by a succession of democratically-elected civilian governments and military dictatorships, until achieving a stable democracy in the 1999 presidential election; the 2015 election was the first time an incumbent president had lost re-election. (Full article...)

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Joseph Yobo
Joseph Michael Yobo (born 6 September 1980) is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in June 2014, and is Nigeria's joint record appearance holder. In February 2020, he was appointed assistant coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation. (Full article...)

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26 September 2021 – Communal conflicts in Nigeria, Boko Haram insurgency
Gunmen raid the village of Madamai in Kaduna State, killing 34 people and wounding seven more. Two suspects are arrested. In Sokoto State, 22 security personnel are killed by ISWAP terrorists during an attack on a remote army base. Other gunmen in Kaduna then also attacked a church, resulting in the death of a person and the wounding of others. (Al Jazeera)
13 September 2021 – Nigerian bandit conflict
Bello Matawalle, the Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria, announces that 68 children who were abducted two weeks ago have been rescued by Nigerian forces and reunited with their families. (AP via ABC News)
7 September 2021 – Kidnapping in Nigeria
Gunmen kidnap 18 villagers in Kaduna State, Nigeria, including seven children, according to a community leader. (Reuters)
1 September 2021 –
Seventy-three children are abducted by armed men at a rural secondary school in Zamfara State, Nigeria. The government of Zamfara State has closed all public schools in order to prevent similar attacks. (Reuters)
24 August 2021 – COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control approves the Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccine for emergency use in Nigeria. (Vanguard)
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