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Nigeria received her independence in 1960 and became a republic in 1963. Ever since then, the nation has undergone several constitutional reforms which has seen several states created.

States in Nigeria

currently, there are 36 in Nigeria. But it didn’t use to be that way. Nigeria was previously divided into regions. And it was from those regions all the 36 states we have now were carved out.

The 36 states in Nigeria are:

  1. Abia
  2. Adamawa
  3. Akwa Ibom
  4. Anambra
  5. Bauchi
  6. Bayelsa
  7. Benue
  8. Borno
  9. Cross River
  10. Delta
  11. Ebonyi
  12. Enugu
  13. Edo
  14. Ekiti
  15. Gombe
  16. Imo
  17. Jigawa
  18. Kaduna
  19. Kano
  20. Katsina
  21. Kebbi
  22. Kogi
  23. Kwara
  24. Lagos
  25. Nasarawa
  26. Niger
  27. Ogun
  28. Ondo
  29. Osun
  30. Oyo
  31. Plateau
  32. Rivers
  33. Sokoto
  34. Taraba
  35. Yobe
  36. Zamfara
36 states in Nigeria represented on a map. Photo credit wikimedia.

Meanwhile, aside from the 36 states in Nigeria, there’s the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, which is not a state. Abuja is the administrative headquarters of Nigeria and is home to Aso Rock, which in it the office of the president is located.

Aso Rock is the Nigerian equivalent to The White House in the United States of America.

How the 36 states in Nigeria came to being

In 1960, during the independence of Nigeria, there were only 3 regions — Northern, Western, and Eastern regions. Those three regions lasted from 1960 to 1963.

Then in 1963 a new region was carved out from the Western region — Mid-western region — and this lasted for 1963 to 1967.

In 1963 those 3 regions were replaced with 12 states, based on a military decree.

Those 12 states as at then were:

  1. Northwestern state
  2. Kaduna
  3. Kano
  4. Northeastern state
  5. Kwara
  6. Benue-Plateau state
  7. Western state
  8. Bendel
  9. East Central State
  10. Cross River
  11. Rivers
  12. Lagos
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However, Nigeria only existed as a 12-state-nation from 1967-1976.

In 1976, 7 states new states were created from the existing 12, therefore taking the total number of states to 19.

And as a result, the states in Nigeria as at 1976 were:

  1. Sokoto
  2. Kaduna
  3. Kano
  4. Bauchi
  5. Borno
  6. Kwara
  7. Niger
  8. Plateau
  9. Gongola
  10. Oyo
  11. Ondo
  12. Benue
  13. Ogun
  14. Lagos
  15. Bendel
  16. Anambra
  17. Cross River
  18. Imo
  19. Rivers

Nigeria as a nation of 19 states lasted from 1976-1987, and then in 1987 2 more states were created — namely Akwa Ibom and Katsina States. They were both carved out of Cross Rivers and Kaduna States respectively.

Meanwhile, on the 12th of December 1991 FCT Abuja was created and made the capital city of Nigeria. It, however, wasn’t and still isn’t classified as a state.

The current 36 states in Nigeria were created from 1991 to 1996. And ever since, Nigeria has remained a nation of 36 states.

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