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Federal Republic of Nigeria


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Area: 923,768 sq km

Mangrove and tropical rain forests in the south, savannah and grasslands in the north. The country is drained by the Niger-Benue river systems.

Population: 158,258,917    Annual Growth: 2.35%

Capital: Abuja

Urbanites: 49.8%

HDI Rank: 158 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 523 (13% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English. Hausa is widely used in the north and middle belt, Yoruba in the southwest, Igbo in the southeast and Pidgin English all over the south    Languages: 521 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

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Answer to Prayer

The successful transition from one civilian government to another is a first for Nigeria. Attempts to strengthen the national banks and economy and to combat corruption have met with some success. The promise of further development assistance for the aggrieved oil-rich states has also helped establish a measure of peace. Praise God that despite many threats, Nigeria’s national stability seems to be consolidating.

Challenge for Prayer

Nigeria’s unity has survived, almost miraculously, despite countless threats. The cumulative effects of ancient tribal rivalries, Muslim conquests, British colonial policy in which the north and south were handled differently, the bitter Biafra war of 1967-70 and heightened religious tensions have left deep scars. Pray for healing and reconciliation; pray also for leadership that will serve to reconcile and unite rather than to embitter and divide.

     For an additional 13 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Nigeria.