What are the major problems in Nigeria?


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Major problems facing Nigeria include corruption, poor governance, political instability, unemployment, population explosion, religious and ethnic conflicts, diseases and environmental degradation. Even though Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, there are still many problems that it faces.

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In the northern part of Nigeria, there is violence caused by a group called Boko Haram that is fighting for a state governed by Sharia Law. The group has been involved in kidnapping children and killing Christians in the country. Nigeria is considered the country with the highest unemployment rate in Africa. Many unemployed youths have engaged in online scams as a way to survive. Corruption is a major problem that Nigeria has been facing for a long time. Political leaders have been known to engage to corrupt activities.

Diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, have also been a big issue that have cost the government billions of money to control. As of 2012, 2 to 5 million people were suffering of HIV/AIDS. In 2009, the number of recorded HIV/AIDS deaths was 900,000. Nigeria is also the most populated country in Africa and seventh in the world. The exploding population has led to many unique problems, such as environmental degradation and congestion in major cities.

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