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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 http://www.abiastateonline.com
Adamawa Yola 3,168,101 Land of Beauty Murtala Hammanyero Nyako
Akwa Ibom Uyo 3,920,208 Land of Promise Godswill Akpabio http://www.aksgonline.com
Anambra State  Awka 4,182,032 Light of the Nation Peter Obi http://www.anambra.gov.ng
Bauchi Bauchi 4,676,465 Pearl of Tourism Isa Yuguda http://www.bauchistategov.org
Bayelsa Yenagoa 1,703,358 Pride of the Nation Timipre Sylva http://www.bayelsa.gov.ng
Benue Makurdi 4,219,244 Food Basket of the Nation Gabriel Suswan http://www.greaterbenue.com
Borno Maiduguri 4,098,391 Home of Peace Ali Modu Sheriff http://www.bornostate.gov.ng
Cross River Calabar 2,888,966 The People’s Paradise Liyel Imoke http://www.crossriverstate.gov.ng
Delta Asaba 4,098,391 The Big Heart Emmanuel Uduaghan http://www.deltastate.gov.ng
Ebonyi Abakaliki 2,173,501 Salt of the Nation Martin Elechi
Edo Benin City 3,218,332 Heart Beat of Nigeria Adams Oshiomwole http://www.edostateofnigeria.net
Ekiti Ado – Ekiti 2,384,212 Fountain of Knowledge Segun Oni http://www.ekitinigeria.net
Enugu Enugu 3,257,298 Coal City State Sullivan Chime  http://www.enugu.gov.ng
Gombe Gombe 2,353,879 Jewel in the Savannah Mohammed Danjuma Goje http://www.gombestate.gov.ng
Imo Owerri 3,934,899 Eastern Heartland Ikedi Ohakim http://www.imostate.gov.ng
Jigawa Dutse 4,348,649 The New World Sule Lamido
Kaduna Kaduna 6,066,562 C entre of Education Patrick Yakowa http://www.kadunastate.gov.ng
Kano Kano 9,383,682 Centre of Commerce Ibrahim Shekarau http://www.kanostate.net
Katsina  Katsina 5,792,578 Home of Hospitality Ibrahim Shema
Kebbi Birnin Kebbi 3,238,628 Land of Equity Saidu Usman Naamu Dakingari http://www.kebbistate.gov.ng
Kogi Lokoja 3,278,487 The Confluence State Ibrahim Idris http://www.kogistatenigeria.org
Kwara Ilorin 2,371,089 State of Harmony Abdulfatah Ahmed http://www.kwarastate.gov.ng
Lagos Ikeja 9,013,534 Centre of Excellence Babatunde Fashola http://www.lagosstate.gov.ng
Nassarawa Lafia 1,863,275 Home of Solid Minerals Umaru Tanko Al-Makura http://www.nasarawastate.org
Niger Minna 3,950,249 The Power State Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu www.nigerstate.gov.ng
Ogun Abeokuta 3,728,098 Gateway State Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun http://www.ogunstate.gov.ng
Ondo Akure 3,441,024 Sunshine State Olusegun Mimiko http://www.ondostate.gov.ng
Osun Oshogbo 3,423,535 State of the Living Spring Rauf Aregbesola http://www.osunstate.gov.ng
Oyo Ibadan 5,591,589 Pace Setter State Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi http://www.oyostate.gov.ng
Plateau Jos 3,178,712 Home of Peace and Tourism Jonah Jang http://www.plateaustategov.org
Rivers Port Harcourt 5,185,400 Treasure Base of the Nation Rotimi Amaechi http://www.riversstatenigeria.net
Sokoto Sokoto 3,696,999 Seat of the Caliphate Aliyu Wamakko http://www.sokotostate.gov.ng
Taraba Jalingo 2,300,736 Nature’s Gift to the Nation Danbaba Suntai http://www.tarabastate.gov.ng
Yobe Damaturu 2,321,591 The Young Shall Grow Ibrahim Geidam http://www.yobestate.gov.ng
Zamfara Gusau 3,259,846 Farming is Our Pride Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar http://www.zamfarastate.net
Abuja FCT 1,404,201 Bala Mohammed http://fct.gov.ng/fcta/

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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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