Nigeria will begin its first nationwide census in 17 years on the finish of March, as authorities in Africa’s most populous nation search up to date information on the precise inhabitants and the scale of various ethnic teams, an official mentioned late on Friday. Nigeria’s estimated inhabitants is greater than 200 million and the United Nations expects that to double by 2050. That will make Nigeria the world’s third most populous nation, overtaking the US. Census figures in Nigeria have an effect on the sharing of oil revenues and political illustration among the many 36 states and 300 ethnic teams. Earlier counts have been discredited after disputes among the many three primary teams, the Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo. Nasir Isah Kwarra, chairman of the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee, informed reporters census counting can be carried out from March 29 to April 2, greater than a month after Nigerians go to the polls to vote for a brand new president. Nigeria initially deliberate the census in 2021 however authorities postponed the method on the grounds of widespread insecurity, particularly within the north the place an Islamist insurgency and kidnappings for ransom have been raging.