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Nigeria’s Population Is Becoming A Liability – Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Ex Nigeria President, Olusegun Obasanjo has come out to warn against population explosion in the country.

He recently revealed this while speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during a mentoring session with students of some selected schools across the nation.

According to him, Nigeria’s population is becoming a liability because of its improper management and something needs to be done about it.

He added that at this rate, and without any urgent attention on our population, Nigeria may be declared the third-largest country in 2050.

His words, “When COVID-19 struck, I decided to take the vaccine. I was worried that it would be like Ebola, thank God it has not been as devastating as Ebola.”

“We have moved from 120 million to over 200 million. We have added the population of France to our population and if we continue the way we are going, by the year 2050 we will be the third-largest country in the world.”

“If we still continue, by the year 3000, we would be the largest country in the world.”

“What are we going to do to handle that, how are we going to handle that population? If we do not start getting it right now, we will not get it right by the year 2030.”

“What we need to do is education about population management. Some people don’t like saying family planning, but whatever you do, you must manage your population to the benefit of all that are living within your nation.”

One possible approach to reverse this trend would be to increase attention and funding for hands-on entrepreneurship and community service education.”

“This will enable the young people to acquire the necessary 21st-century skills for jobs and self-employment.”

“We urgently need a new paradigm for education. The new paradigm must provide students with a chance to learn while solving community problems and immediately applying what they have learnt in the classroom by actually doing something great.”

“We now live in a world where any country can compete effectively with others based on the creative imagination of its human capital. There is no better place to stoke the fire of imagination than in the young people.”


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