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This is the National Day of Nigeria and is always celebrated on October 1st. It marks independence from British rule on this day in 1960.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with around one in every five Africans being Nigerian.

Nigeria marked total independence from Britain when it became a federal republic when a new constitution was adopted on 1 October 1963 with Nnamdi Azikiwe as its first president.

Political unrest led to a series of military coups in 1966 and Nigeria was ruled by a military junta with the democratic rule not being restored until October 1st 1979.

Despite being the national day of Nigeria, the holiday itself is declared annually by the government of Nigeria

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