Nigeria is the largest country in West Africa. Most of the 100 million Nigerians belong to one of three main tribal groups - the Yorubas, the Hausas and the lbos. English is the main language, but more than 250 other languages and dialects are also spoken, Nigeria is a major oil exporting nation, and it has many other natural resources. The country was once a part of the British Empire, but has been independent for more than 20 years. Today the governmental system is similar to the United States of America - the 19 individual states are joined in a federation, and a president is elected every four years.
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