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"Based on a World Religious survey (Mapping out the Global Muslim Population) 50.4% of Nigeria's population were Muslims,[94] 50.8% were Christian[95] (15% Protestant, 13.7% Catholic, and 19.6% other Christian), and followers of other religions were 1.4%"

Clearly, these numbers add up to more than 100%. I'm pretty sure the groups are mutually exclusive too, so this really doesn't make any sense. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:44, 8 January 2012 (UTC) (talk) 13:49, 3 November 2013 (UTC) its funny how majority of Nigerian's spoken language here is English whereas the UK government does not have Nigeria on its list of English language speaking countries

The English Language is the official and National language of Nigeria. This is so as a result of British colonialist who annexed the country as part of the United Kingdom in mid 19th century. Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, but English still remains the official and National language as there are over 500 ethnic languages in the country which will make it impossible to govern. English is the sole language for political administration in Nigeria, as there is no second language at national level. The president uses it to address the nation, and all citizens understands; English is the only language all Nigerians can understand in unison. With different regions having different tribal languages, speaking one of them at national level will caused confusion, as most citizens will feel marginalized.
Another common language in Nigeria is the Nigerian pidgin English it is also widely spoken and understood in most part of the country and mostly used in informal conversations between Nigerians that already have a rapport or between people that are trying to speak very informally. However, it is still common for Nigerians to speak the English language the first time they meet a fellow citizen and will only resort to pidgin if they have built an informal relationship.
Additionally, within the various regions in Nigeria it is very common for people of the same ethnic group to speak their ethnic languages among themselves. However, they will resort to English if they are trying to talk to someone that is not from that region. For example, if an Igbo Nigerian is speaking with another Igbo Nigerian he or she might be speaking Igbo. But if a Nigerian from the Western part of the country, say a Yoruba joins the conversation, the Igbos will have to switch to English in order for the Yoruba Nigerian to understand what they are saying. That's the complexities when it comes to language in Nigeria.
Ojomohush (talk) 15:58, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

The Sport section is not updated[edit]

The nation's cadet team to Japan '93 produced some international players notably Nwankwo Kanu, a two-time African Footballer of the year who won the European Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam and later played with Inter Milan (Italy), Arsenal FC (London, UK), West Bromwich Albion (UK) and Portsmouth F.C. (UK). Other players that graduated from the Junior teams are Celestine Babayaro (of Newcastle United, UK), Wilson Oruma and Taye Taiwo (of Marseille, France).

This is from the Sport section of the Nigeria article. The sentences should be updated. Babayaro and Oruma have retired. Taiwo plays for Queens Park Rangers (on loan from AC Milan). --IRISZOOM (talk) 17:45, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Religion Update: Pew Forums Survey indicates 50.8% Christians, who has reverted this change and WHY?[edit]

The most recent and accurate estimation is from the above Pew Forums survey, and it would be appreicated if this was updated in the Main Nigeria article, and the Religion in Nigeria article. (talk)

Not sure if this is where I should post this, but can someone clean up this page ? Some vandal has redirected all the links to some insane anti-semitic conspiracy theory page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chelecossais (talkcontribs) 17:44, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Someone vandalized a template, it should be fixed now. Also, try clearing you browser cache in case it is still there. Klilidiplomus+Talk 17:55, 18 February 2012 (UTC)


I can clearly see that there is still a lot that Wikipedia does not know about Nigeria. From it's history to modern day activities there is just so much that are very relevant that's missing in the article.

How about including the Lagos State Carnival or the Calabar Carnival? They are more relevant than the Bida Carnival by a very long shot with much more detail and pictures?

Edit request on 21 March 2012[edit]

1. Abuja, listed as a state (# 1) is NOT a state. Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory having similar constitutional/politico-economic position as Washington, D.C. in the United States.

2. At independence, the government was formed by the NORTHERN PEOPLES' CONGRESS, (led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa who became Prime Minister) not Nigeria Peoples Congress — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:56, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Nigerian scam emails[edit]

Why isn't there anything about this? What the hell. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:35, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 19 June 2012[edit]

north is christian south is muslim (talk) 17:47, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed. b. Mdann52 (talk) 18:17, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

Biggest industry sector?[edit]

Why is fraud (especially Internet scams) not mentioned at all, seeing as it is Nigeria's biggest industry sector? (talk) 17:27, 7 July 2012 (UTC) Nigeria is a country of 160million people and only 1% that are into the internet scam, so why do you think they have to include it in the country's profile? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:10, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

Admittedly, there are fraudsters outside Nigeria. — Preceding unsigned comment added by K.K.K.Marx (talkcontribs) 09:02, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Anglicanism and Protestantism[edit]

Sorry if I'm being too nitpicky, but Anglicanism isn't part of Protestantism. Anglicans are a category unto themselves. C.f. (talk) 22:06, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

You are, being nit-picky. — Preceding unsigned comment added by K.K.K.Marx (talkcontribs) 08:58, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Government and politics[edit]

Words: "spurned" or (spurred?) Their meaning is roughly opposite to each other. Spurned means refused, pushed away, rebuked. Spurred mean motivated, driven, provoked. I think the author meant spurred. jimswen (talk) 19:34, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Nigerian Coat of Arms[edit]

What happened to the coat of arms image? It used to be there until a few days ago.Nosugarcoating (talk) 16:11, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Map of Africa at top of page - Not updated with North/South Sudan[edit]

Pretty self-explanatory, but the map at the top of the article is outdated and does not show the N/S Sudan distinction. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:01, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

I have included an updated version. Did it a long time ago but forgot to update here until now. Cheers. --Nosugarcoating (talk) 20:19, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

Edit request: Religion section.[edit]

The religion section mentions the "Church of the Latter Day Saints" and the "Mormons" as both having grown or flourished in Nigeria. These are one and the same, and should be referred to as "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (talk) 19:22, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Wrong numbers on Christians and Muslims % numbers.[edit]

Dear Wilkipedia,

You have used the wrong numbers when it comes to percentage of Christian in Nigeria. The only reliable figures can be found on the CIA fact page on Nigeria( The number are more like 50% Muslims, 40% Christians and 10% others. Kindly change this erroneous numbers to reflect reality on the ground. The Pew forum is not a reliable source of information on these numbers.

Thanks and regards, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hosiefa (talkcontribs) 20:46, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Pew Forums is reliable unless you have evidence to state otherwise. They reveal their methodology ( Their study is more up to date than the CIA World Factbook, which is nothing more than an estimation, and they do not reveal their methodology.

The most recent and reliable data suggests Nigeria is 50.8% Christian ( and 47.9% Muslim (

Unless you have data backed up by evidence with a reliable methodology, do not change this. (talk) 16:46, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Christian 50.8%, Muslim 47.9%[edit]

Use sources which reveal their methodology. CIA World Factbook does not. It's pure estimation.

Nigeria is 50.8% Christian ( and 47.9% Muslim (

Pew Forums is reliable. They reveal their methodology (

There is no reason to change this at this point in time. (talk) 16:52, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Suggestion to create a subsection on child labour[edit]

According to, there were 15 million child labourers below the age of 14 in Nigeria. Hence their should be a subsection concerning child labour.Sarcelles (talk)

Brain Drain in Nigeria[edit]

Here is an article that provides Nigeria's Brain Drain issue. Could someone with access fix the citation needed link? Thanks

Breadinglover (talk) 12:39, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 26 August 2013[edit]

Olumide2011 (talk) 22:04, 26 August 2013 (UTC) Hello,

Would like to edit the driving position on the page. Nigeria drives on left not right.

Thank you

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made.. Rivertorch (talk) 05:33, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 27 August 2013[edit]


According to, there were 15 million child labourers below the age of 14 in Nigeria. Hence their should be a subsection concerning child labour.Sarcelles (talk) Kind regards Sarcelles (talk) 07:16, 27 August 2013 (UTC)


Wikipedia, Please kindly note that Nigeria government does not provide free education; education at all levels are privately funded by citizens, even in government owned institutions.

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:C:580:666:E8B9:CC62:A981:999 (talk) 01:14, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Interesting. The wording in the article is supported by the cited source from 2008. Could you provide a reliable source to refute it? Rivertorch (talk) 19:45, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 4 December 2013 Key Sector Economic Figures[edit]

There are some inconsistencies in the first 2 sentences of the Key Sectors section

  • First sentence:

"Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves." No reference and no date- these figures are going to be subject to change- as per latest figure on Nigeria has 11th largest proven reserves and as per Nigeria is 15th largest producer of petroleum. Recommend first sentence be written with references and dates.

  • Second sentence

"Petroleum plays a large role in the Nigerian economy, accounting for 40% of GDP and 80% of Government earnings." The figure of 40% of GDP which is not referenced, is directly contradicted by the summary on where oil is 14% of the economy with a direct reference.

Kind regards, Samjmitch (talk) 08:33, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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Semi-protected edit request on 25 March 2014[edit]

Please insert the tune for the National anthem under "arise o compatriots" most nations have theirs there too. i have a link here Chengejude (talk) 18:09, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

We need a file uploaded to Wikimedia Commons with an appropriate license, can't just post a youtube link. Materialscientist (talk) 00:41, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 April 2014[edit]

The page where the GDP of Nigeria is mentioned, the data there is not accurate and outdated, as the country just rebased its GDP to bring it to the 21st century. The new GDP figure is 510 Billion dollars and not the 3+ billion dollars thats been mentioned under the nominal gdp section. Data from the Nigeria Bureau of statistics. Thanks Ojomohush (talk) 15:40, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Sam Sailor Sing 20:02, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 7 April 2014[edit]

Please change Gross Domestic Product from the current amount to $510 billion as the GDP of Nigeria has been recalculated. Thanks. (talk) 11:26, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Not done: as you have not cited reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to any article. - Arjayay (talk) 14:05, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

As the above requester stated, I have gone further and provided evidence with web page sources quoting Fitch Ratings and the Financial Times, unfortunately I do not have a subscription to Fitch Ratings to get the article from source but the Reuters page has basically quoted the article and all the evidence needed is in it. Fitch is as reliable as you can get on this matter. Sorry if I haven't done this properly but this is my first post and apologies in advance for doing it wrongly. Ireajayi (talk) 09:37, 12 April 2014 (UTC)[1] [2]

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: The Reuters article speaks of Fitch calculating $504B for its rating based on information from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. The Financial Times article is less useful since subscription website are less verifiable, but the snippet in the search engine output says "estimated" at $510B. The value currently in the article is from the International Monetaru Fund and is only 7 months old (October 2013). I think it would be better to leave that as the summary GDP rather than replacing it with an estimated or calculated value. If you want to add the fact Fitch calculated a GDB of $504B somewhere in the body of the article, please open a new request with the text, the location within the article at which to add the new text and the Reuters reference. Thanks, Celestra (talk) 17:36, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 April 2014[edit]

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as the leading economy in nigeria. Please reflect this and also update the new gdp. Thanks (talk) 17:04, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Anupmehra -Let's talk! 17:26, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Phonetic transcription of name[edit]

shithead brits, pls at least mark RP as such. editing is locked, someone fix it for the american pronunciation?

the second syllable is a long [i]

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