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Abuja

(äbo͞o`jə), city and federal capital territory (2006 provisional pop. 1,405,201), central Nigeria. Plans to move the capital from LagosLagos
, city (1991 est. pop. 1,274,000), SW Nigeria, on the Gulf of Guinea. It comprises the island of Lagos. Lagos is Nigeria's largest city, its administrative and economic center, and its chief port.
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 were approved in 1976, and a 3,000-sq mi (7,770-sq km) capital territory was created near the old town of Abuja (renamed Suleja). The site was chosen for its location near the center of the country, its good climate, and small population. The planned city of Abuja is located in the center of the federal capital territory. Construction was carried on throughout the 1980s and Abuja officially became Nigeria's capital in 1991.

Abuja

the federal capital of Nigeria, in the centre of the country. Pop.: 467 000 (2005 est.)
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The government in Abuja has been locked in a long struggle with Islamist extremists from the Boko Haram group, which normally operates in the north of the country but has recently been carrying out attacks in and around the capital.
The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns such extremist and terrorist acts, specially the recent terrorist and inhumane act in Abuja and it wants restoration of peace, tranquility and security for the Nigerian nation," Afkham told reporters on Tuesday.
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Sudan's President Omer al-Bashir takes part in the African Union Summit on health focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in Abuja on July 15, 2013 (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)