The National Population Commission (NPC) has warned that by 2050 Nigeria could be the most populous nation on earth, if care is not taken.
According to Dr Mohammed Abdulmalik Durunguwa, the NPC commissioner, overpopulation is a time bomb in Nigeria and may explode in 2050.
Dr Durunguwa noted that the nation’s population can’t be compared to the slim resources at its disposal therefore it could be very hard to cater for the entire population.
Speaking to Journalists at the NUJ Secretariat, Kaduna on Thursday, May 5, he said youths that are involved in criminal activities are all products of overpopulation that isn’t being managed well.
“The challenge we have at hand as a Nation is our population. We are doing everything possible at the national population Commission to change our narratives else in 2050 if we are not careful, Nigeria will become the most populous country in the world because Nigeria’s population is growing more than geometrics, compared to the resources we have and that is why we are having a different crisis in this country.
“The youths that are involved in criminal activities like the Boko Haram in the North East, Bandits, EndSars protesters and IPOB in the South East are all our children. This is where we begin to manage the kind of people we have, honestly speaking we should continue to think about this thing and I am telling you, that you Journalists God has blessed us in Nigeria with good Journalists who can write things. In fact, some can even write things that can turn this country upside down, either positively or negatively.
“So we must begin to send in the signal so that all of us can be able to sleep well in Nigeria and concentrate well because if we don’t manage our population, to God who made me, I don’t know where we will be running to.
“Any leader in this country that is not looking at this time bomb that is moving in this country, I swear, he is a liar and is not a true leader, such leader does not even know what he is doing.
“All this nonsense that is happening in Nigeria can be stopped, but we need sincere leaders, honest Leaders. If we don’t have leaders with these qualities I am telling you these things will not stop.
“Any time I have the opportunity I will always want to share a few things that can inspire people and also portray that I have gotten the privilege to serve this country and I happened to be in one of those places in this country where we need to ask ourselves questions. In fact, if we all sit down and ask ourselves questions now, how many are we in Nigeria, nobody will give you the answer,” Durunguwa said.