Nigeria is divided into states (Hausa: jiha, Igbo: ȯra, Yoruba: ìpínlẹ̀), federated political entities that share sovereignty with the federal government. There are 36 states bound together by a federal agreement. The Federal Capital Territory is not a state and under the direct control of the federal government. The states are further divided into a total of 774 Local Government Areas.Under the Nigerian Constitution, states have the power to ratify constitutional amendments.
The Nigerian traditional states predate all the modern states but have no legal or administrative powers.