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The following table presents a listing of Nigerian States, their capitals, population and governors. Governors are elected for a term of four years (maximum of two terms).  
States Capital Population Motto Governor website
Abia Umuahia 2,833,999 God’s own state Theodore Orji
Adamawa Yola 3,168,101 Land of Beauty Murtala Hammanyero Nyako
Akwa Ibom Uyo 3,920,208 Land of Promise Godswill Akpabio
Anambra State  Awka 4,182,032 Light of the Nation Peter Obi
Bauchi Bauchi 4,676,465 Pearl of Tourism Isa Yuguda
Bayelsa Yenagoa 1,703,358 Pride of the Nation Timipre Sylva
Benue Makurdi 4,219,244 Food Basket of the Nation Gabriel Suswan
Borno Maiduguri 4,098,391 Home of Peace Ali Modu Sheriff
Cross River Calabar 2,888,966 The People’s Paradise Liyel Imoke
Delta Asaba 4,098,391 The Big Heart Emmanuel Uduaghan
Ebonyi Abakaliki 2,173,501 Salt of the Nation Martin Elechi
Edo Benin City 3,218,332 Heart Beat of Nigeria Adams Oshiomwole
Ekiti Ado – Ekiti 2,384,212 Fountain of Knowledge Segun Oni
Enugu Enugu 3,257,298 Coal City State Sullivan Chime
Gombe Gombe 2,353,879 Jewel in the Savannah Mohammed Danjuma Goje
Imo Owerri 3,934,899 Eastern Heartland Ikedi Ohakim
Jigawa Dutse 4,348,649 The New World Sule Lamido
Kaduna Kaduna 6,066,562 C entre of Education Patrick Yakowa
Kano Kano 9,383,682 Centre of Commerce Ibrahim Shekarau
Katsina  Katsina 5,792,578 Home of Hospitality Ibrahim Shema
Kebbi Birnin Kebbi 3,238,628 Land of Equity Saidu Usman Naamu Dakingari
Kogi Lokoja 3,278,487 The Confluence State Ibrahim Idris
Kwara Ilorin 2,371,089 State of Harmony Abdulfatah Ahmed
Lagos Ikeja 9,013,534 Centre of Excellence Babatunde Fashola
Nassarawa Lafia 1,863,275 Home of Solid Minerals Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
Niger Minna 3,950,249 The Power State Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu
Ogun Abeokuta 3,728,098 Gateway State Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun
Ondo Akure 3,441,024 Sunshine State Olusegun Mimiko
Osun Oshogbo 3,423,535 State of the Living Spring Rauf Aregbesola
Oyo Ibadan 5,591,589 Pace Setter State Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi
Plateau Jos 3,178,712 Home of Peace and Tourism Jonah Jang
Rivers Port Harcourt 5,185,400 Treasure Base of the Nation Rotimi Amaechi
Sokoto Sokoto 3,696,999 Seat of the Caliphate Aliyu Wamakko
Taraba Jalingo 2,300,736 Nature’s Gift to the Nation Danbaba Suntai
Yobe Damaturu 2,321,591 The Young Shall Grow Ibrahim Geidam
Zamfara Gusau 3,259,846 Farming is Our Pride Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar
Abuja FCT 1,404,201 Bala Mohammed

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This article was first published on 9th August 2011 and updated on November 23rd, 2016 at 1:03 pm

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