Nigeria will conduct its first census in 17 years next year to try to get an accurate count of its population, which is estimated at more than 200 million people and is the largest in Africa, the head of the national population agency said on Thursday.
Censuses are controversial in Nigeria because rival ethnic and religious groups have historically attempted to use them to assert numerical superiority and claim a larger share of oil revenues and political representation.
Nigeria originally planned to hold the census last year but was scrapped due to growing insecurity, particularly in the north, where an Islamist insurgency and kidnappings for ransom were raging.
Insecurity remains a challenge as armed attacks and kidnappings ramp up, most recently last Sunday when an attack in northern Plateau state killed 154 and kidnapped dozens.
Nigeria’s population is divided into Muslims in the north and Christians in the south, and is divided into 300 ethnic groups. Ethnic and religious violence has flared up in the past.
The World Bank estimates that Nigeria’s population will overtake that of the United States to nearly 400 million by 2050.
Nigeria plans first census in 17 years next year after security delay – SABC News
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