Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) fell to 4.07% in Nigeria in 2017

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) (%)
Military & Defense | Nigeria | February 1, 2019
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Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 4.07 % in 2017 in Nigeria, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 6.18 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Nigeria reached an all time high of 4.92 % in 2002 and an all time low of 2.05 % in 2007. When compared to Nigeria's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Benin amounted to 5.18 %, 6.53 % in Cameroon, 13.8 % in Chad and 8.76 % in Niger in 2017.

Nigeria has been ranked 86th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 52 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algeria % 10.8% 10.2% 13.4% 13.7% 13.7%
Benin % ... ... ... 4.93% 4.61% 4.93% 4.40%
Burkina Faso % 5.87% 5.19% 4.89% 6.08% 6.14%
Cameroon % 6.36% 6.85% 6.07% 5.66% 6.04%
Central African Republic % 14.5% 12.0% 21.2% 17.7% 11.3%
Chad % 22.4% ... 24.5% 12.8% 11.9%
Gabon % ... 6.73% 6.76% 4.63% 4.82% 5.33%
Libya % ... ... ... 8.20% 8.67% 10.8% ... ... ...
Mali % 6.04% 7.70% 5.88% 7.60% 11.3%
Niger % 6.75% 9.51% 5.09% ... ...
Nigeria % 3.34% 3.57% 3.51% 3.29% 3.76%
Sudan % ... ... ... ... ... 21.7%
Togo % 5.99% 6.09% 6.29% 6.61% 5.46%