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Kanuri is a language of Nigeria. Roughly 3% of the population there speak it as a first language.

Kanuri is mainly spoken in the area around lake Chad, in the territories of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Sudan. The number of speakers is somewhere between 4 and 5 million.

Most Kanuri now speak Hausa and/or Arabic as in addition to Kanuri, and the influence of Kanuri is gradually declining due to the expansion of these two languages.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Kanuri as a first language that live in that territory.

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