Nigeria may become the world’s most populous nation by 2050, the National Population Commission (NPC) has warned.
According to NPC commissioner Dr Mohammed Abdulmalik Durunguwa, overcrowding in Nigeria is a ticking time bomb that may blow in 2050.
Dr Durunguwa observed that the Nigeria population cannot be compared to the nation’s meagre resources, and hence it may be difficult to feed the entire population.
On Thursday, May 5, while speaking to journalists at the NUJ Secretariat in Kaduna, he stated that adolescents participating in criminal activities are all fruits of an unmanaged population.
“As a Nation, we face a population crisis. We are doing everything possible at the National Population Commission to change our narratives; otherwise, if we are not careful, Nigeria will become the world’s most populous country in 2050. Nigeria’s population is growing faster than geometric growth, in comparison to the resources we have, which is why we are experiencing a different crisis in this country.
“All of the youths engaging in criminal acts, including Boko Haram in the north, bandits, EndSars demonstrators, and IPOB in the south, are our children. This is the point at which we begin to control the type of people we have; frankly, we should continue to think about this, and I am telling you, you Journalists. In Nigeria, God has endowed us with competent journalists who can write. Indeed, some writers have the ability to completely transform this country, either positively or poorly.
“So we must begin to transmit the signal so that everyone in Nigeria may sleep well and focus well, because if we do not control our people, to God who formed me, I have no idea where we will flee.”
“Any leader in this country who is not aware of the ticking time bomb in this country is a liar and is not a legitimate leader; such a leader has no idea what he is doing.”
“All of this craziness in Nigeria is reversible, but we need true leaders, honest leaders. Without leaders that exemplify these characteristics, I can assure you that these events will continue.
“Whenever I have the opportunity, I will always offer a few things that can inspire people and also demonstrate that I have been given the privilege to serve this country and that I happened to be in one of those positions in this country where we need to ask ourselves some difficult questions. Indeed, if we all sat down and asked ourselves now how many Nigerians there are, nobody would know.” Durunguwa stated this.