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What is the size of Nigeria’s population?

Nigeria’s population numbers have been the subject of controversy for years. A national census was last conducted in 2006, when the country’s population was estimated to be 140 million. The most recent official figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics estimated Nigeria’s population at 199.7 million in 2017.


Related: FACTSHEET: Nigeria’s population figures

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