Nigeria is considered a key country in Africa because of its size and political and economic role in the region. The U.S. government considers its relationship with the country to be among the most important on the continent. Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, its largest oil producer, and its most populous country, with almost 180 million people, roughly divided between Muslims and Christians. Its Muslim population is among the largest in the world, vying with, and likely outpacing, Egypt’s as the largest on the continent. Lagos, its commercial center, is among the world’s largest cities. Nigeria, which currently holds a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, also ranks as a top troop contributor to U.N. peacekeeping operations.
Date of Report: June 17, 2014
Number of Pages: 2
Order Number: IF00030
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