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British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy; independence came in 1960. Following nearly 16 years of military rule, a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The government continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Although both the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections were marred by significant irregularities and violence, Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence. The general elections of April 2007 marked the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the country's history.


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Military

Military branches
Nigerian Armed Forces (Forces Armees Nigeriennes, FAN): Army, Nigerien Air Force (Force Aerienne du Niger) (2008)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service (2007)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 37,087,711
Females age 16-49 35,232,127 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 20,839,976
Females age 16-49 19,867,683 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 1,767,428
Female 1,687,719 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 96
1.5% of GDP (2006)


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  GPS points from Nigeria (Abuja)

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Mbolli Rivers State

Igbabele Nigeria (general)

Goniri Borno State

Igbeta Ewoama Nigeria (general)

Kakihum Niger State

Akiode Oyo State

Delul Nigeria (general)




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