Nigeria. Things you should know. Religion, terrorism, population, economy

Nigeria. Things you should know. Religion, terrorism, population, economy
Isabel del Rio

The abduction of 223 girls in northern Nigeria has made Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, one of the most wanted terrorists in Africa and the world.
Today, the world is wondering about Nigeria and its problems.

Nigeria. Things you should know. Religion, terrorism, population, economy

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Ten things you should know about Nigeria:

Nigeria is called the The Giant of Africa a cause of its huge population and economy.

Nigeria is located in West Africa and shares borders with Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean.

Current Nigeria has its origins in the British colonization of the area during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The country has a population of 169 million people. But life expectancy is 52.3 years. Nigeria is ranked 153 (of 186 countries) in the Human Development Index of UNDP.

In Nigeria coexists Christianity, Islam and rituals of the tribal areas.

Nigeria is the biggest oil producer in Africa and the 15th in the world, and is the third film industry after Hollywood and Bollywood.

The GDP in 2013 was 510,000 million dollars, surpassing South Africa (370,000 million dollars.) However, 60% of the population live on less than 1 dollar a day.

Boko Haram is an Islamic group and terrorist organization based in the northeast of Nigeria, north Cameroon and Niger. It was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf seeking to establish a state ruled by sharia law, and stopping to what it deems “Westernization”. The group has attacked Christians and government targets, and kidnapped western tourists. But has also assassinated members of the Islamic establishment.

Boko Haram violence has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013.

Abubakar Shekau served as deputy leader to the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf, until Yusuf was killed in 2009.

View Comments (3)
  • the more we know the better equipped we become…especially when dealing with such atrocities as these kidnappings…

  • many thanks for this article on nigeria – such a sad sad tale of the kidnapped girls that seems to have no end – and did i just hear on the news yesterday or today of still more kidnappings…again, thanks so much for this timely article…

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