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1970s: The population, according to the official 1963 Nigerian census (which has many inconsistencies), is about 56 million.

Today: Nigeria's population is about 123 million.

1970s: In 1965, about 152 babies per 1,000 live births in Nigeria die.

Today: In 2000, about 74 babies per 1,000 live births in Nigeria die.

1970s: In 1970, life expectancy averages 40 years in Nigeria.

Today: In 2000, life expectancy averages 52 years in Nigeria.

1970s: A military government retains power in Nigeria.

Today: In 1999, a new constitution is adopted in Nigeria after nearly sixteen years of military rule, and a civilian government begins to be installed.

1960s: Ethnic conflicts lead to the bloody Nigerian civil war, which takes place from 1967 through 1970.

Today: Although ethnic conflict remains in Nigeria, the federal government carefully controls it, bringing a quick end to any serious outbreaks of violence.

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