Country overviewGovernment and legal system: Federal Republic. Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960. The country adopted a new constitution in 1999 and transitioned to civilian government after almost two decades of military rule.  Political trends: Nigeria is working to institutionalize democracy and end the corruption and mismanagement that have at times been an issue in this petroleum-based economy.  Longstanding ethnic and religious tensions continue in parts of the country as well.

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