Nigeria has joined the ignoble list of countries designated as failed states by Wikipedia in its latest update.
Wikipedia is a free web-based encyclopedia project which contains information on a wide variety of subjects. It described a failed state as a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly.
The encyclopedia further added that a state can also fail if the government loses its legitimacy even if it is performing its functions properly.
For a stable state, the platform noted that it is necessary for the government to enjoy both effectiveness and legitimacy. Likewise, when a nation weakens and its standard of living declines, it introduces the possibility of total governmental collapse.
Other countries listed as a failed state include; Syria, Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Liberia, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan.