Islam in Nigeria

About 85,000,000 Nigerians are Muslims, approximately 50% population of Nigeria, compared to Christianity which represents approximately the other 50% of the population. Muslims in Nigeria are predominantly Sunni in the Maliki school, which is also the governing Sharia law. However, there is a significant Shia minority, primarily in Sokoto State (see Shia in Nigeria). A smaller minority follow the Ahmadiyya Islam, a reformatory sect originating in 19th century India. In particular Pew Forum on religious diversity identifies 12% as Shia Muslims while 3% as Ahmadi Muslims.

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