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A few days ago, someone was speaking about enacting a one child policy, to which i responded and asked if she knew the implications of that for a 3rd world country like Nigeria. While i understand her sentiments, i disagreed with what she saw as the problem.

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Don't be fooled by anyone, Nigeria's population is bloated and we are not 180m as the last estimate concluded. The problem is wasteful waste.

The population census of Nigeria has always been a political act. The one in 1962 was so incongruous, another one was ordered in 1963.
There was another 1991 estimated the population to be 97.73m another census was held in 2006 which estimated the population to have grown to 142.6 million a difference of 44.87m in 15 years. If we further broke the population down by geographical zones. We'll realise population
has grown by arithmetic progression in the SE and SW, while in the N, it grew geometrically. Your guess is as good as mine why. My theory is that the North realised the importance of inflating the population as it affects the number of local governments a state can have
and consequently the amount of revenue that can be generated from the FG.

The 2006 census was wildly disputed too after the South caught on but another one was never ordered.

Everyone that gives you an estimate of the Nigerian population is doing it solely
based of guesswork. How can we grow so much in a country with healthcare so bad, nobody of means is staying to get treated here. People die earlier, a lot of deaths are never registered and we just keep running with this idea that we are actually close to 200 million.
Now to the problem. "Wasteful waste of scarce resources".

Look at this infographic.
The #9thNASS is about to spend N5.5bn on new cars for senators. Both returning and new. The #8thNASS spent N4.4bn on the same expenditure. Where are those cars? If we knew the amount of money that's being wasted at the top, it'll be absolutely mind boggling.
This is why it seems like the resources we have is not enough to go around which is being put down to a population problem.

The population of Brazil is 204m, and they have an economy of 3.07 trillion (GDP). The average per capita PPP is estimated to be $16,100 (2014).
Compare that to Nigeria

180m (who counted since 2012 when it was 166m per NBS?) and the trend of geometric progression as continued in the North, even though we have adequate birth control methods than our forefathers when copulation almost always resulted in procreation.
But i digress. Our economy is 1.06 trillion with average per capita PPP at $6,000 (2014)

So there's this country Brazil that has more population, which has a better economy and average per capita as almost $10k on ours.
In conclusion when wasteful waste is mixed with bad governance that doesn't encourage businesses and production which leads to a bad economy. We start thinking of espousing policies that'll further ruin us instead of solve our problems.
Why is the #NASS spending N5.5bn on new cars when just 4 years ago we already spent N4.4bn on the same thing? To what end? The answer is simple. To waste.

Brazil isn't more blessed, they do not have more natural resources, but what they have they have used judiciously.
The problem is not population, the problem is bad governance, waste and might I add our complicity in all these. We are so docile and passive, we have all normalised the abnormal and our leadership is a reflection of our society. We are our problems.
Your grandfathers who had 10 wives, 15 concubines and 30 children, lived a simple comfortable life did not average the amount of numbers you're doing now on birth. It is you, with your one wife and 2 gfs in your small Lagos apartment where your salary cannot pay the rent,
that is growing the population more than they did. Leemao!

Let's be serious please! We do not recognize and address our problems and we keep deflecting, we would never solve them. Our problems in order.

Bad governance
Wasteful waste and
You, yes, you

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