Yesterday, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari expressed fears over the growing Nigerian population which he described as “frightening”.
Buhari told the 43-ministers-designate who’ill assume office tomorrow and also work hand-in-hand to find a panacea to the worrisome menace.
“By average estimates, our population is close to 200 million today. By 2050, UN (United Nations) estimates show that Nigeria will be third globally, behind only India and China with a projected population of 411 million.
“This is a frightening prospect but only if we sit idly by and expect handouts from so-called development partners. The solution to our problems lies within us”
President Buhari also hinted that the major focus of his administration is centred on anti-corruption, securing the country and improving the economy.
“None but the most partisan will dispute that we have made headway in all three areas.
“First, we have rolled back the frontiers of terrorism; we are actively addressing other challenges such as kidnappings, farmer-herder violence, improving the safety of our roads, railways, air traffic and fire control capacities.
“Second, we are steadily turning the economy round through investment in agriculture and manufacturing, shoring up our foreign reserves, curbing inflation and improving the country’s infrastructure.
“Third, we have recovered hundreds of billions of stolen assets and are actively pursuing control measures to tackle leakages in public resources. We will not let up in fighting corruption.’’