Talk:Demographics of Nigeria

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The religious percentage given in the article contradicts the CIA factbook

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ni.html

Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%

I am going to change it here until someone gives a valid argument not to OneGuy 02:42, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

So does Library of Congress Country Studies

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?frd/cstdy:@field(DOCID+ng0006)

In last officially accepted census (1963), about 47 percent of population self-identified as Muslims (chiefly adherents of Sunni Islam), nearly 35 percent as Christians, and more than 18 percent as other (almost entirely adherents of indigenous religions). Majority of north Muslim; south mainly non-Muslim, primarily Christian; middle belt mixed faiths. Mission-related Christian churches (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, and others), African independent churches, and Aladura Church present. OneGuy 02:46, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

The CIA factbook is no more objective than any other source. There just isn't an objective source, as the last census was more than 40 years ago, and its results were disputed. There is credible evidence that the North (which was mostly Moslem) was overcounted, and that the South-West was undercounted (for political, rather than religious, reasons).

Whatever the statistics, I consider it improper to delete large chunks of text without a good reason. The denominational statistics are themselves subjective, but they are the best figures we have. Unrecorded transfer of membership among denominations tends to inflate the Christian figure; Johnstone estimates the inflation to be in the order of 8 million. It could be higher - or lower. In addition, there are many - both Christian and Moslem - who have changed their religion a number of times. If you want to rewrite this section, please come up with some statistics at least as detailed as the ones you have removed. David Cannon 07:52, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I don't see how you can delete the information I posted from State Department and instead propagate spurious statistics from some Christian publication. We have to go with the best source we have, and the State Department certainly is more authoritative source than some lesser known Christian source OneGuy 07:58, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)
If a consensus develops to change this page, I will not oppose it. But let's keep the status quo until some others (preferably some Nigerians) have had their say. BTW, not everybody would agree that the American State Department is an NPOV source. David Cannon 08:06, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)



I checked the Operation World: When We Pray God Works[1]

It's some Christian missionary publication. It is not a reliable source. I don't see how this source should be used instead of the State Department statistics that I posted. No way propaganda source like this should be used to claim that Nigeria is a Christian majority country on wikipedia over a more reliable source like State Department OneGuy 08:15, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Sources?[edit]

Hello all... can someone please give me the sources for the figures in this article? According to the BBC, not even the Nigerian govt knows! Where did we get these figures from? - 211.30.173.113 05:31, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

Ye Gods, you're right! I don't have time now, but why don't you add that remark to the article -- it'd improve the quality.

Tribal demographics[edit]

These figures are totally fictitious. How can you give yoruba 29% and Hausa Fulani combined as 21%. The figures do not make any logical sense


Shhhh...don't argue. White Liberal - he know what best for everyone


Why?[edit]

Should there not be some discussion of WHY Nigeria has the largest population in Africa? Exactly what is supporting this huge expansion of population? Or could it be that it is effectively Western Aid which has created this population boom and Lib-tard wikipaedos don't like to talk about anything non PC. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.154.179.97 (talk) 13:03, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

I agree this could/should be discussed in the article, but we need reliable sources for it. Also note that most African countries undergo population explosion, Nigeria is nothing special in this regard. --Roentgenium111 (talk) 17:23, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

Nigeria's large population size precedes "Western Aid." This region has been home to relatively densely populated agricultural regions for several centuries. Nigeria is only the 71st most densely populated nation in the world. 69.171.160.43 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 01:11, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Western Aid itself would not increase the population, rather it goes towards improving the infrastructure to improve the life expectancy of the people, the reasons for the boom are very much related to economics, lack of contraception, etc. for example, many farmers are seeking more children over time to help man the farmland, especially since hiring hands would not be possible for many already unable to meet their own needs, as such the population growth is simply due to the economic and somewhat social issues in the country, its quite complex however any study would focus less on what Aid is doing, aid is not so much the problem — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.69.172.92 (talk) 23:37, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Wrong citations[edit]

I corrected a wrong citation in chapter Ethnic groups and added some "citation needed" remarks. There are three more sources cited a sentence later, which I have no access to. Somebody should check if they are source of some of the numbers. -- Tomdo08 (talk) 17:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

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>> Scores killed in central Nigeria attacks (Lihaas (talk) 17:51, 16 March 2014 (UTC)).

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