What you need to know about states in Nigeria
States in Nigeria – Nigeria is a country located in West Africa, and about the most populous black nation with a population estimated to about 200 million people.
Nigeria came into being in 1914 through the aid of Lord Frederick Lugard who became the governor of the Northern and Southern protectorate, after signing a document consolidating the two regions. The name Nigeria was however coined by Lady Lugard.
In 1960, Nigeria became independent from the hands of the Colonial masters. And the country was handed over to Nnamdi Azikiwe, who was the governor general of the region.
However, Sir, Tafawa Balewa was elected as Prime Minister of Nigeria in 1960, he was however killed six years after.
Brief history of state creation in Nigeria
In 1963, four regions existed in Nigeria namely;
- The Northern Region
- Western Region
- Mid-Western Region and
- The Eastern Region
Now here are the lists of states in Nigeria, capital date of creation and slogan
|Abia||Umuahia||27 Aug, 1991||God’s own state|
|Adamawa||Yola||27 Aug, 1991||Land of beauty|
|Akwa Ibom||Uyo||23 Sept 1987||Land of Promise|
|Anambra||Awka||27 Aug 1991||Light of the nation|
|Bauchi||Bauchi||3rd Feb 1976||Peal of Tourism|
|Bayelsa||Yenagoa||1st Oct 1996||Pride of the nation|
|Benue||Makurdi||3rd Feb 1976||Food basket of the nation|
|Borno||Maiduguri||3rdFeb 1796||Home of peace|
|Cross River||Calabar||27thMay 1967||The people’s paradise|
|Delta||Asaba||27thAug 1991||The Big heart|
|Ebonyi||Abakaliki||1st Oct 1996||Salt of the nation|
|Edo||Benin City||27thAug 1991||Heartbeat of the nation|
|Ekiti||Ado Ekiti||1st Oct 1996||Fountain of Knowledge|
|Enugu||Enugu||27thAug 1991||Coal city state|
|Gombe||Gombe||1st Oct 1996||Jewel in the Savannah|
|Imo||Owerri||3rd Feb 1976||Eastern Heartland/Home of the easterner|
|Jigawa||Dutse||27thAug 1991||The new world|
|Kaduna||Kaduna||27thMay 1967||Center of learning|
|Kano||Kano||27thMay 1967||Center of Commerce|
|Katsina||Katsina||23rdSept 1987||Home of hospitality|
|Kebbi||Birnin Kebbi||27thAug 1991||Land of Equity|
|Kogi||Lokoja||27thAug 1991||The confluence state|
|Kwara||Ilorin||27thMay 1967||The state of harmony|
|Lagos||Ikeja||27thMay 1967||Center of excellence|
|Nassarawa||Lafia||10thOct 1976||Home of solid minerals|
|Niger||Minna||3rd Feb 1976||The power state|
|Ogun||Abeokuta||3rd Feb 1976||Gateway state|
|Ondo||Akure||3rd Feb 1976||The power state|
|Osun||Oshomgbo||27thAug 1991||State of the living spring|
|Oyo||Ibadan||3rd Feb 1976||Peace setters|
|Plateau||Jos||3rd Feb 1976||Home of peace and tourism|
|Rivers||Port-Harcourt||27thMay 1976||Treasure base of the nation|
|Sokoto||Sokoto||3rd Feb 1976||Seat of the Caliphate|
|Taraba||Jalingo||27thAug 1991||Nature’s gift to the nation|
|Yobe||Damaturu||27thAug 1991||The young shall grow|
|Zamfara||Gusau||1st Oct 1996||Farming is our pride|
|FCT||Abuja||3rd Feb 1976||Center of unity|
FAQ on states in Nigeria
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#1. Who created 19 states in Nigeria: In 1967, General Yakubu Gowon came into power through a military coup, he created 12 states. This was done by dissolution of three major regions in the country.
The states formed include; North Western state, North Eastern state, Kano state, North Central state, Benue-Plateau state, Kwara state, Western state, Lagos state, Mid-Western state, Rivers state, East Central state and East Central state.
#2. How many states are there in Nigera: Nigeria has 36 states, however 37 including Federal Capital Territory Abuja.