Administrative structure of Nigeria

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Nigeria is divided into thirty-six states and one Federal Capital Territory, which are further sub-divided into 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs). The plethora of states, of which there were only three at independence, reflect the country's tumultuous history and the difficulties of managing such a heterogeneous national entity at all levels of government.

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Nigeria has six cities with a population of over 1 million people (from largest to smallest: Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, and Benin City). Lagos is the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa, with a population of over 8 million in its urban area alone. Population of Nigeria's cities over a million are listed below.

States:

1. Abuja
2. Anambra
3. Enugu
4. Akwa Ibom
5. Adamawa

6. Abia
7. Bauchi
8. Bayelsa
9. Benue
10. Borno

11. Cross River
12. Delta
13. Ebonyi
14. Edo
15. Ekiti

16. Gombe
17. Imo
18. Jigawa
19. Kaduna
20. Kano

21. Katsina
22. Kebbi
23. Kogi
24. Kwara
25. Lagos

26. Nasarawa
27. Niger
28. Ogun
29. Ondo
30. Osun

31. Oyo
32. Plateau
33. Rivers
34. Sokoto
35. Taraba
36. Yobe
37. Zamfara