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    Nigeria Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Federal Republic of Nigeria

      Type: military government since 31 December 1983

      Capital: Lagos

      Administrative divisions: 21 states and 1 territory*; Abuja Capital Territory*, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bendel, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Gongola, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto

      Independence: 1 October 1960 (from UK)

      Constitution: 1 October 1979, amended 9 February 1984

      Legal system: based on English common law and Islamic and tribal law

      National holiday: Independence Day, 1 October (1960)

      Branches: Armed Forces Ruling Council; National Council of Ministers and National Council of States; judiciary headed by Supreme Court

      Leader: @m5Chief of State and Head of Government--President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces Gen. Ibrahim BABANGIDA (since 27 August 1985)

      Suffrage: none

      Elections: Constituent Assembly, 23 April 1988

      Political parties and leaders: all political parties banned after 31 December 1983

      Communists: the pro-Communist underground consists of a small fraction of the Nigerian left; leftist leaders are prominent in the country's central labor organization but have little influence on government

      Member of: AfDB, APC, CCC, Commonwealth, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-77, GATT, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICO, IDA, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMO, IMF, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IRC, ISO, ITC, ITU, IWC--International Wheat Council, Lake Chad Basin Commission, Niger River Commission, NAM, OAU, OPEC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WMO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Hamzat AHMADU; Chancery at 2201 M Street NW, Washington DC 20037; telephone (202) 822-1500; there are Nigerian Consulates General in Atlanta, New York and San Francisco; US--Ambassador Princeton N. LYMAN; Embassy at 2 Eleke Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos (mailing address is P. O. Box 554, Lagos); telephone �234� (1) 610097; there is a US Consulate General in Kaduna

      Flag: three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green

      NOTE: The information regarding Nigeria on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Nigeria Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Nigeria Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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