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Nigeria


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Federal Republic of Nigeria

        conventional short form:
        Nigeria

    • Digraph:
      NI

    • Type:
      military government since 31 December 1983; plans to institute a constitutional conference to prepare for a new transition to civilian rule after plans for a transition in 1993 were negated by General BABANGIDA

    • Capital:
      Abuja

        note:
        on 12 December 1991 the capital was officially moved from Lagos to Abuja; many government offices remain in Lagos pending completion of facilities in Abuja

    • Administrative divisions:
      30 states and 1 territory*; Abia, Abuja Capital Territory*, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe

    • Independence:
      1 October 1960 (from UK)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 1 October (1960)

    • Constitution:
      1979 constitution still in force; plan for 1989 constitution to take effect in 1993 was not implemented

    • Legal system:
      based on English common law, Islamic law, and tribal law

    • Suffrage:
      21 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state and head of government:
        Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces and Defense Minister Gen. Sani ABACHA (since 17 November 1993); Vice-Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council Oladipo DIYA (since 17 November 1993)

        cabinet:
        Federal Executive Council

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral National Assembly

        Senate:
        suspended after coup of 17 November 1993

        House of Representatives:
        suspended after coup of 17 November 1993

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeal

    • Political parties and leaders:

        note:
        two political party system suspended after the coup of 17 November 1993

    • Member of:
      ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-15, G-19, G-24, G-77, GATT, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, ITU, MINURSO, NAM, OAU, OPEC, PCA, UN, UNAMIR, UNAVEM II, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNPROFOR, UNU, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WMO, WTO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Zubair Mahmud KAZAURE

        chancery:
        1333 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 986-8400

        consulate(s) general:
        New York

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Walter C. CARRINGTON

        embassy:
        2 Eleke Crescent, Lagos

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box 554, Lagos

        telephone:
        [234] (1) 261-0097

        FAX:
        [234] (1) 261-0257

        branch office:
        Abuja

        consulate(s) general:
        Kaduna

    • Flag:
      three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green






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