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Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Abuja Municipal Area
Nickname(s): 
Coordinates: 9°4′N 7°29′E / 9.067°N 7.483°E / 9.067; 7.483Coordinates: 9°4′N 7°29′E / 9.067°N 7.483°E / 9.067; 7.483
Country Nigeria
TerritoryFederal Capital Territory
LGA(s)Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)
Settled1828
Incorporated1 October 1984
Declared capital12 December 1991
Government
 • City PlannerFederal Capital Development Authority (FCDA)
 • City ManagementAbuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC)
Area
 • Municipality1,769 km2 (683 sq mi)
 • Urban
713 km2 (275 sq mi)
Elevation
840 m (2,760 ft)
Population
 (2011 estimate)[1]
 • Municipality1,235,880
 • Rank7th
 • Density698.63/km2 (1,809.4/sq mi)
 • Urban
2,440,000
 • Urban density3,423/km2 (8,870/sq mi)
 • Metro
6,000,000 (estimated)
Time zoneUTC+1 (GMT+1)
Postal codes
900211–900288
ClimateAw
Websitewww.fcta.gov.ng

Abuja (/əˈbə/)[2] is a city in Nigeria. It is the national capital of Nigeria. Around 2.5 million people live there. Abuja is in the middle of the country, in the center of the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.[3] It replaced Lagos, the country's most populous city but very small in size, as the capital on 12 December 1991.[4]


Abuja is a planned city, which means that architects designed it specifically to be Nigeria's capital city. Construction of the first parts of the city was finished in the late 1980s.[5]

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