36 States and Capitals in Nigeria plus their Current Governors

As citizens of Nigeria, we are supposed to know the number of states and their capital in Nigeria. There are a total of 36 states and one federal capital territory in Nigeria. It was around 1960 and 1963 when Nigeria was divided into 3 regions. These regions are eastern region, western region and northern region.

If you are familiar with the history of Nigeria, we were made to understand that from 1963 to 1967, the mid-western region was carved out of the old western region.

It was the government of General Yakubu Gowon in 1967 and 1975 that created the first 12 states in Nigeria. These states are Rivers, Cross Rivers, East Central State, Bendel, Western State and Lagos, Benue-Plateau, Kaduna, Kwara, Kano, Northwestern State and North-Eastern State.

As at today, the number of states in Nigeria stands at 36, below is the list of the states in Nigeria.

S. No State Capital Current Governor
1 Abia State Umuahia Okezie Ikpeazu
2 Adamawa State Yola Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri
3 Akwa Ibom State Uyo Udom Gabriel Emmanuel
4 Anambra State Awka Willie Obiano
5 Bauchi State Bauchi Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed
6 Bayelsa State Yenagoa Henry Seriake Dickson
7 Benue State Makurdi Samuel Ortom
8 Borno State Maiduguri Babagana Umara Zulum
9 Cross River State Calabar Benedict Ayade
10 Delta State Asaba Ifeanyi Okowa
11 Ebonyi State Abakaliki Dave Umahi
12 Edo State Benin City Godwin Obaseki
13 Ekiti State Ado – Ekiti John Olukayode Fayemi
14 Enugu State Enugu Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
15 Gombe State Gombe Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya
16 Imo State Owerri Chukwuemeka Ihedioha
17 Jigawa State Dutse Badaru Abubakar
18 Kaduna State Kaduna Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai
19 Kano State Kano Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
20 Katsina State Katsina Aminu Bello Masari
21 Kebbi State Birnin Kebbi Abubakar Atiku Bagudu
22 Kogi State Lokoja Idris Wada
23 Kwara State Ilorin Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq
24 Lagos State Ikeja Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
25 Nasarawa State Lafia Abdullahi Sule
26 Niger State Minna Abubakar Sani Bello
27 Ogun State Abeokuta Dapo Abiodun
28 Ondo State Akure Rotimi Akeredolu
29 Osun State Oshogbo Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola
30 Oyo State Ibadan Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde
31 Plateau State Jos Simon Lalong
32 Rivers State Port Harcourt Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
33 Sokoto State Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
34 Taraba State Jalingo Darius Ishaku
35 Yobe State Damaturu Mai Mala Buni
36 Zamfara State Gusau Dr Bello Muhammad Mutawalle


Abuja is the seat of power and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

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