In ancient and pre-colonial times, the area of present-day Nigeria was occupied by a great diversity of ethnic groups with very different languages and traditions. British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. After independence in , politics were marked by coups and mostly military rule, until the death of a military head of state in allowed for a political transition. In , a new constitution was adopted and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed.
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Its southern coast is on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a federal republic comprising 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory , where the capital, Abuja , is located. Lagos is the most populous city in the country and the African continent, as well as one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Nigeria has been home to several indigenous pre-colonial states and kingdoms since the second millennium BC, with the Nok Civilization having been the first time the country had been unified internally in the 15th Century B. The modern state originated with British colonialization in the 19th century, taking its present territorial shape with the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in by Lord Frederick Lugard.
In , nationwide protests calling for the disbandment of the abusive police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS captured global attention and ultimately led to the dissolution of the unit. While the authorities made limited progress towards justice and accountability for police abuses, instances of harassment and attacks against protesters by security forces in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos and other states raised concerns over their stated commitment to reform of the security sector. Insecurity persisted throughout in the northeast region of the country as Boko Haram and its splinter faction, Islamic State West Africa Province ISWAP , continued to attack civilian, humanitarian, and military targets.