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Which of Nigeria’s states has the largest population?

Nigeria’s population numbers have been the subject of controversy for years. A national census was last conducted in 2006. 

Kano State has the most people, with an estimated population of 13.1 million, according to the 2016 national population estimates. Lagos State is next in line with close to 12.6 million people.


Related: FACTSHEET: Nigeria’s population figures

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