FACTS OF THE WEEK: Checkout These 20 Interesting Facts About Nigeria(part3)

 This week, we bring you another 20 amazing facts you may not know about the
country; Nigeria. Well, check them out below and let us know what you

1. Idrîs Aloma (1571-1603) King of Kanem-Bornu went on pilgrimage
and came across firearms. He brought some guns back, along with Turks to
train his army on how to use them.

2. Travel Visa was not required to travel to the United Kingdom till 1984.

3. A brand new car sold for N2000 in 1975. A ticket to London was less than N100 in 1975.

4. In 1976, 75 kobo exchanged for one British Pound and 60 kobo for one US dollar.

5. A dollar was 90 kobo at the beginning of Babangida’s term in 1985.

6. Nigeria took its first loan from the World Bank in 1977.

7. Obasanjo’s first term and Babangida’s regime oversaw the weakening of the naira.

8. General Buhari and Idiagbon rejected IMF demands that Nigeria devalue its currency.

9. Babangida’s coup in 1985 was invaluable to the colonialists
suspected to have been in support as it led to Nigeria accepting SAP
restrictions, loans and crippling foreign monetary conditions.

10. Nigeria has 5 of the 10 richest pastors in the entire world, with
net worth’s according to Forbes, from $10-150 million. They are
Pastors, David Oyedepo, E. A. Adeboye, Chris Oyakhilome, Mathew
Ashimolowo and Temitope Joshua.

11. Nigeria has the 4th highest number of poor, living under a dollar
a day in the entire world. 100 million are ‘destitute’ according to
figures from the NBS (National Bureau of Statistics).

12. Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa is 160th out of 177 countries in HDI (Human Development Index).

13. Nigeria has the highest paid legislators in the entire world.

14. Based on amount squandered, of an income of $81 billion per year, Nigeria is the most corrupt nation in the world.

15. The nation with the most defrauded people, aka ‘mugus,’ in
history, is Nigeria. Successive administrations continue to loot a
greater percentage of the nation’s wealth, running in hundreds of
billions of dollars.

16. Nigeria in 2013 was rated the worst country to be born based on welfare and prosperity projection.

17. Aliko Dangote funded Presidents Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan’s
4th republic campaigns. Buhari rejected funding from Dangote.

18. Usman dan Fodio (1754–1817) was trained in classical Islamic
science, philosophy and theology and wrote over 100 books on society,
culture, religion, governance and politics. He could only declare Jihad
when he was made leader in Gudu {In Islam you can only declare Jihad if
you are an official Muslim leader}.

19. The Borno Empire rejected Dan Fodio’s colonization jihad. Al-Hajj
Muhammad al-Amîn ibn Muhammad al-Kânemî not only militarily defended
his Empire, but also did so by religious, theological, legal and
political debates, challenging why a Muslim Empire should colonize

20. Kano history has it that a great warrior princess Magajiya Maimuna led her cavalry from Zaria to conquer Kumbwada.

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