States And Capital In Nigeria, Their Slogans & Current Governors 2019


states and capital in nigeria

There are currently 36 states in Nigeria with the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as the Federal Capital Territory. These states have been in existence and since Nigeria got her independence in the 1960s but was fully official in 1996.

All states and capital in Nigeria are divided into 4 regions which are namely:

  • The Eastern Region
  • The Western Region
  • The Northern Region
  • The Southern Region

All states in Nigeria have various slogans and they are also known for these things. The slogan or motto of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is “Unity & Faith, Peace & Progressand this can also be seen on the Nigerian coat of arms.

This post contains all the information you need to know about all the 36 states and capital in Nigeria, their various slogans or mottos and current governors.

We will also include the number of Local government areas for each state but you can check out a previous post on the blog which contains a Complete List Of All Local Government Areas In Nigeria.

History Of State Creation In Nigeria

  • In the year 1952, General Lord Lugard created 4 regions which were the Eastern, Northern, Mid West and Western Regions.
  • In the year 1967, General Yakubu Gowon created 12 states in Nigeria. These states were Benue, Plateau, East Central, Kano, Kwara, Lagos, Mid-West, North-West, North-East, North-Central, Rivers, South-East, South-Western States.
  • In 1976, General Muritala Muhammed created more 19 states which are Anambra, Borno, Benue, Bauchi, Bendel, Cross-River, Gongola, Imo, Kano, Kaduna, Kwara, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto and Lagos states.
  • In 1987, General Ibrahim Babaginda created additional 2 states which were Akwa-Ibom and Katsina states.
  • General Ibrahim Babaginda also created 9 states in 1991. These states were Adamawa, Abia, Delta, Enugu, Edo, Jigawa, Kogi, Taraba, Yobe and Osun states.
  • In 1996, General Sanni Abacha created added 6 states to the existing 30 states. These new states were Ekiti, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Gombe, Nassarawa and Zamfara states.

36 States And Capital In Nigeria, Their Slogans & Current Governors For 2019

1. Abia State

Capital: Umuahia

Slogan: God’s own State

Current Governor: Okezie Ikpeazu

2. Adamawa State

Capital: Yola

Slogan: Highest peak of the nation

Current Governor: Jibrilla Bindow

3. Anambra

Capital: Akwa

Slogan: Light of the nation

Current Governor: Willie Obiano

4. Akwa Ibom

Capital: Uyo

Slogan: Land of promise

Current Governor: Udom Gabriel Emmanuel

5. Bauchi

Capital: Bauchi

Slogan: Pearl of Tourism

Current Governor: Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar

6. Bayelsa

Capital: Yenagoa

Slogan: The Glory of All Lands

Current Governor: Henry Seriake Dickson

7. Benue

Capital: Makurdi

Slogan: Food basket of the Nation

Current Governor: Samuel Ortom

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8. Borno

Capital: Maiduguri

Slogan: Home Of Peace

Current Governor: Babagana Zulum

9. Cross River

Capital: Calabar

Slogan: The people’s paradise

Current Governor: Benedict Ayade

10. Delta

Capital: Asaba

Slogan: The Finger of God

Current Governor: Ifeanyi Okowa

11. Ebonyi

Capital: Abakiliki

Slogan: The salt of the Nation

Current Governor: Dave Umahi

12. Enugu

Capital: Enugu

Slogan: Coal City State

Current Governor: Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

13. Edo

Capital: Benin

Slogan: The Heart Beat of the Nation

Current Governor: Godwin Obaseki

14. Ekiti

Capital: Ado-Ekiti

Slogan: Land of honour and integrity

Current Governor: John Olukayode Fayemi

15. Gombe

Capital: Gombe

Slogan: Jewel in the Savannah 

Current Governor: Inuwa Yahaya

16. IMO

Capital: Owerri

Slogan: Eastern heartland

Current Governor: Emeka Ihedioha

17. Jigawa

Capital: Dutse

Slogan: The New World 

Current Governor: Mohammadu Abubakar

18. Kaduna

Capital: Kaduna

Slogan: Centre of learning

Current Governor: Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai

19. Kano

Capital: Kano

Slogan: Centre of Commerce

Current Governor: Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

20. Katsina

Capital: Katsina

Slogan: State of Hospitality

Current Governor: Aminu Bello Masari

21. Kebbi

Capital: Birni Kebbi

Slogan: Land of Equity

Current Governor: Abubakar Atiku Bagudu

22. Kogi

Capital: Lokoja

Slogan: The Confluence State

Current Governor: Yahaya Bello

23. Kwara

Capital: Ilorin

Slogan: The state of Harmony

Current Governor: Abdulfatah Ahmed

24. Lagos

Capital: Ikeja

Slogan: The state of Harmony

Current Governor: Babajide Sanwo-olu

25. Nasarawa

Capital: Lafia

Slogan: The home of Solid Minerals

Current Governor: Abdullahi Sule

26. Niger

Capital: Minna

Slogan: The power State

Current Governor: Abubakar Sani Bello

27. Ogun

Capital: Abeokuta

Slogan: The Gateway State

Current Governor: Dapo Abiodun

28. Ondo

Capital: Akure

Slogan: The Sunshine State

Current Governor: Rotimi Akeredolu

29. Osun

Capital: Oshogbo

Slogan: Land of virtue

Current Governor: Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola

30. Oyo

Capital: Ibadan

Slogan: The pace setter State

Current Governor: Seyi Makinde

31. Plateau

Capital: Jos

Slogan: Home of peace and tourism

Current Governor: Simon Lalong

32. Rivers

Capital: Port-Harcourt

Slogan: Treasure base of the Nation

Current Governor: Ezenwo Nyesom Wike

33. Sokoto

Capital: Sokoto

Slogan: Seat of the Caliphate

Current Governor: Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

34. Taraba

Capital: Jalingo

Slogan: Nature’s gift to the Nation

Current Governor: Darius Ishaku

35. Yobe

Capital: Damaturu

Slogan: Pride of the Sahel 

Current Governor: Mai Mala Buni

36. Zamfara

Capital: Guasau

Slogan: Farming is our pride

Current Governor: Muktar Idris

* FCT – Abuja

Slogan: Centre of Unity

Current Minister: Muhammed Bello


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