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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 and three former neighboring islands (now connected by landfill to the mainland or Lagos).
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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. A light rail system opened in the city in 2018.
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Abuja

the federal capital of Nigeria, in the centre of the country. Pop.: 467 000 (2005 est.)
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