Why Nigeria's population should matter to its next President
Nigeria’s population matters.

When it comes to elections in Nigeria, population is the elephant in the room. You can go through an entire campaign season and not hear a single word about Nigeria’s population or birth rate. Yet this is, without exaggerating, the one issue that will determine Nigeria’s viability and liveability as a country in the medium to long term.

But I get it.

It is difficult to talk about population in Nigeria and anywhere in the world. And there are two broad reasons why.

Firstly, no one seems to have the population (or population growth) they want, so why bother? Everyone seems to think their population is too large (Nigeria) or too small (Russia) or growing too fast (Niger), or shrinking at an alarming rate (South Korea).

Once you convince yourself that you have a problem, the solutions often turn out to be worse than the problem itself. Everyone is familiar

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Feyi Fawehinmi

Feyi Fawehinmi

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