Nigeria, a country located on the western coast of Africa. Nigeria, one-third larger than Texas and the most populous country in Africa, is situated on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. The country has abundant natural resources, notably large deposits of petroleum and natural gas. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy.
The government continues to face the daunting task of institutionalizing democracy and reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence.
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