Nigeria

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With more than 170 million people, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. Military leaders have ruled Nigeria for much of its history as an independent country, and it was not until 1999 that a civilian government was restored. However, this has not ensured peace. Conflicts have broken out between Muslim extremists and other Nigerians over the imposition of sharia, a series of religious rules and laws that Muslims are supposed to follow. Sharia carries penalties that most observers consider to be harsh ...

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With more than 170 million people, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. Military leaders have ruled Nigeria for much of its history as an independent country, and it was not until 1999 that a civilian government was restored. However, this has not ensured peace. Conflicts have broken out between Muslim extremists and other Nigerians over the imposition of sharia, a series of religious rules and laws that Muslims are supposed to follow. Sharia carries penalties that most observers consider to be harsh violations of human rights, such as the amputation of thieves' hands.

Although Nigeria controls great reserves of oil, and is one of the largest exporters of oil to the United States, most Nigerians are very poor. Government corruption has been a constant problem. Education and economic investment are needed to help improve the future prospects of Nigerians.

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Gr 7-10-Aside from the introductions, which are essentially identical in each volume, the information in these books is well organized and presented in a clear, logical manner. Following a map and a country flag, each nation's geography, political situation, economy, people, and history are discussed. Recipes, a glossary, ideas for projects and reports, and an extensive chronology are appended. The bright, attractive photographs are well matched to the texts and show the diversity of modern African nations from the rural areas to the cities. Students doing research would do well to start with one of these concise titles.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6

From Desert to Rainforest 11

From Colonialism to Democracy 19

Governing Nigeria Today 33

An Economy in Need of Reform 41

Nigeria's Culture and People 49

The Cities 59

A Calendar of Nigerian Festivals 66

Recipes 68

Glossary 70

Project and Report Ideas 72

Chronology 74

Further Reading/Internet Resources 76

For More Information 77

Index 78

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