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List of 36 States in Nigeria + FCT and their Capital

Are you looking for States in Nigeria? If yes, you are in the right place. In this post, we will show you the full list of States in Nigeria and Their Capital including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Nigeria, as a nation, first became a republic in the year 1963, but there were some issues that caused it to succumb to the military rule just three years after a bloody coup d’état.

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Quite socking too, there was the emergence of a separatist movement in the country that later formed the Republic of Biafra in the year 1967, which later led to the Nigerian Civil War, which lasted about three (3) years.

In 1979, Nigeria once again became a republic, that was the year a new constitution was written. However, although the republic was short-lived, as the military seized power again after four years.

After that scenario, a new republic was actually planned to be established in 1993, unfortunately, that plan was dissolved by the then General Sani Abacha.

Nevertheless, after Abacha death in 1998, the fourth republic was later established, and that was the following year, which actually brings to a stop the three decades of intermittent military rule in Nigeria.

How many states do we have in Nigeria, what are their names, and their capitals if you may ask? The answer to the above question is quite simple. Although my focus in this article is to look at the list of States in Nigeria and their capitals, I will love to, first of all, say that Nigeria has thirty-six (36) states and the Federal Capital Territory (FTC) inclusive.

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Map of Nigeria showing the list of 36 states plus the FCT – Photo Source: http://www.umunna.org/nigeria_state.html

History of states creation in Nigeria

In fact, as at 1960 to 1966, there was no such thing as a state in the country. What we had then was the Northern region, Western region, Eastern region, and the Mid-Western region.

The creation of states would begin in the year 1967 with General Yakubu Gowon coming to power via a coup d’état. He would dissolve the regions and create twelve states out of them.

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Here is a list of the first twelve states that were created by the then military head of states, Gen. Yakubu Gowon

However, almost a decade later, Gen. Murtala Mohammed would re-create seven states by carving from the existing twelve states that were created by Gen. Gowon.

This will result in the birthing of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja from Niger State as the North West states were divided into Niger and Sokoto.

In the same order, the Northern Eastern state was divided into Bauchi, Gongola, and Borno. Benue-Plateau was, however, carved into Plateau and Benue.

Also, the Western state was separated into three, which were Ondo, Ogun, and Oyo. The East Central states were separated to form Imo and Anambra states.

on February 1976, the newly created states would add up to the existing twelve; thus making nineteen states in Nigeria.

Here is a list of the nineteen states

Eleven years later, under the military rule of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, two new states were created: Akwa Ibom and Kastina.

Akwa Ibom state was carved out of Cross River state, and Kastina state was carved out of Kaduna state.

Owing to the creation of these two states, Nigeria was, therefore, made up of twenty-one states in the year 1987.

On August 27, 1991, the number of Nigeria states would increase to thirty as Gen. Babangida thought it fit to create another nine state to the existing twenty-one.

Thus the creation of Adamawa state and Taraba state from Gongola. Enugu state was carved out from Anambra.

Edo state and Delta state were created from the then Bendel state. In addition, Yobe was carved out from Borno state, and Jigawa state from Kano.

Kebbi state would be carved from Sokoto, and Osun state was created from Oyo state.

In 1993 when Gen. Sani Abacha came into power, the agitations for States creation seemed to have doubled.

And with the recommendations of the National Constitutional Conference(NCC) on the need to create more States, the dreaded General created six more states, on 1st October 1996, to the existing thirty.

The newly created states include Ebonyi states, which was created from Abia and Enugu(part).

Bayelsa state was carved out from Rivers. Nasarawa state was created from Plateau. Zamfara state was created from Sokoto. Gombe state was carved out from Bauch, and Ekiti state was created from Ondo.

Hence the present thirty-six states we have in Nigeria

Information Source: Pulse Nigeria

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List of 36 States in Nigeria + FCT

At this point, let us consider the list of Nigerian states.

Serial Number;   Names Of States:

1 Abia State

2 Adamawa State

3 Akwa Ibom State

4 Anambra State

5 Bauchi State

6 Bayelsa State

7 Benue State

8 Borno State

9 Cross River State

10 Delta State

11 Ebonyi State

12 Edo State

13 Ekiti State

14 Enugu State

15 Gombe State

16 Imo State

17 Jigawa State

18 Kaduna State

19 Kano State

20 Katsina State

21 Kebbi State

22 Kogi State

23 Kwara State

24 Lagos State

25 Nasarawa State

26 Niger State

27 Ogun State

28 Ondo State

29 Osun State

30 Oyo State

31 Plateau State

32 Rivers State

33 Sokoto State

34 Taraba State

35 Yobe State

36    Zamfara State

Abuja Federal Capita Territory (FCT) is also inclusive.

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List of States in Nigeria and their Capitals:

Having looked at the number of states in Nigeria, let us look at their individual capital

Serial Number:  Name Of States:Their Capitals:

1 Abia State – Umuahia

2 Adamawa – State Yola

3 Akwa Ibom State – Uyo

4 Anambra State  – Awka

5 Bauchi State – Bauchi

6 Bayelsa State – Yenagoa

7 Benue State – Makurdi

8 Borno State – Maiduguri

9 Cross River State – Calabar

10 Delta State – Asaba

11 Ebonyi State  – Abakaliki

12 Edo State Benin – City

13 Ekiti State Ado – Ekiti

14 Enugu State – Enugu

15 Gombe State – Gombe

16 Imo State – Owerri

17 Jigawa State – Dutse

18 Kaduna State – Kaduna

19 Kano State – Kano

20 Katsina State  – Katsina

21 Kebbi State Birnin – Kebbi

22 Kogi State – Lokoja

23 Kwara State – Ilorin

24 Lagos State – Ikeja

25 Nasarawa State – Lafia

26 Niger State – Minna

27 Ogun State – Abeokuta

28 Ondo State – Akure

29 Osun State – Oshogbo

30 Oyo State – Ibadan

31 Plateau State – Jos

32 Rivers State – Port Harcourt

33 Sokoto State – Sokoto

34 Taraba State – Jalingo

35 Yobe State – Damaturu

36 Zamfara State  – Gusau

Federal Capita Territory (FCT) – Abuja

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Nigeria’s States, Their Capitals And Their Current Governors 2019

Serial Numbers:  States:  Capital: Current Governors:

1 Abia State Umuahia,  Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

2 Adamawa State Yola, Governor Jibrilla Bindow

3 Akwa Ibom State Uyo, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel

4 Anambra State  Awka. Governor Willie Obiano

5 Bauchi State Baluchi, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar

6 Bayelsa State Yenagoa, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson

7 Benue State Makurdi, Governor Samuel Ortom

8 Borno State Maiduguri, Governor Kashim Shettima

9 Cross River State  Calabar, Governor Benedict Ayade

10 Delta State Asaba, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

11 Ebonyi State  Abakaliki, Governor Dave Umahi

12 Edo State Benin City, Governor Godwin Obaseki

13 Ekiti State Ado – Ekiti, Governor John Olukayode Fayemi

14 Enugu State Enugu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

15 Gombe State Gombe, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo

16 Imo State Owerri, Governor Rochas Okorocha

17 Jigawa State Dutse, Governor Badaru Abubakar

18 Kaduna State Kaduna, Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai

19 Kano State Kano, Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

20 Katsina State  Katsina, Governor Aminu Bello Masari

21 Kebbi State Birnin Kebbi, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu

22 Kogi State Lokoja, Governor Idris Wada

23 Kwara State Ilorin  Abdulfatah Ahmed

24 Lagos State Ikeja, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

25 Nasarawa State Lafia, Governor  Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

26 Niger State Minna, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

27 Ogun State Abeokuta, Governor Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun

28 Ondo State Akure, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

29 Osun State Oshogbo, Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola

30 Oyo State Ibadan, Governor Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi

31 Plateau State Jos, Governor, Simon Lalong

32 Rivers State Port Harcourt, Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike

33 Sokoto State Sokoto, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

34 Taraba State Jalingo, Governor Darius Ishaku

35 Yobe State Damaturu,  Governor Ibrahim Geidam

36 Zamfara State Gusau, Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar

Federal Capital Territory (FCT),  Abuja, Alhaji  Muhammed Bello

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