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Abuja
Municipality
Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Abuja Municipal Area
From top (L–R): View of a street in Maitama District, Abuja National Mosque, Zuma Rock, fountain in Millennium Park, Central Bank headquarters, and nighttime skyline of Central Business District, Abuja
From top (L–R): View of a street in Maitama District, Abuja National Mosque, Zuma Rock, fountain in Millennium Park, Central Bank headquarters, and nighttime skyline of Central Business District, Abuja
Nickname(s): ABJ
Country  Nigeria
Territory Federal Capital Territory
LGA(s) Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)
Settled 1828
Incorporated 1 October 1984
Declared capital 12 December 1991
Area
 • Municipality 1,769 km2 (683 sq mi)
 • Urban 713 km2 (275 sq mi)
Elevation 840 m (2,760 ft)
Population (2011 estimate)
 • Municipality 1,235,880
 • Rank 7th
 • Density 698.63/km2 (1,809.4/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,440,000
 • Urban density 3,423/km2 (8,870/sq mi)
 • Metro 6,000,000 (estimated)
Time zone GMT+1 (UTC+1)
Postal codes 900211–900288
Climate Aw
Website www.fcta.gov.ng

Abuja (/əˈbə/) 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.

The capital of Nigeria used to be Lagos, but it was moved to Abuja in 1976.

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.


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