Lagos is a port and most populous conurbation in Nigeria. Although the 2006 National Census credited the metropolitan area with a population figure of 7,937,932, the figure is highly unscientific as it contradicts existing realistic vital social data and incongruent with the population growth rate of Lagos. The figure is completely at variance with scientifically sound projections by the UN and other reliable population agencies and groups worldwide. This is no surprise as many such censuses by the Nigerian government have been highly politicized and eventually cancelled.
Formerly the capital of Nigeria, Lagos is a huge metropolis which originated on islands separated by creeks, such as Lagos Island, that fringe the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, protected from the Atlantic Ocean by long sand spits such as Bar Beach which stretch up to 100 km east and west of the mouth.
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