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Nigeria is one of the largest military powers in sub-Saharan Africa, bordered to the west by Benin, to the north by Niger, to the northeast by Chad, to the east by Cameroon and to the south by the Gulf of Guinea.

Despite possessing the continent's largest economy by gross domestic product (GDP) and one of its most effective militaries, Nigeria has struggled both to develop and ensure its own security.

Nigeria faces insurgency in the north by the Islamist group Boko Haram...

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