Criticism over Nigerian plans to curb ‘exponential’ population growth

Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and is growing the most rapidly of the 10 largest countries worldwide, according to a 2017 UN report, World Population Prospects.

It is currently the seventh-largest country in the world in terms of population with 190-million people.

But it is projected to surpass that of the US and become the third-largest country in the world before 2050.

Nigeria’s population boom mirrors a broader trend in Africa, which will account for more than half of anticipated growth in the global population over the next 30 years.

As the population explodes, there is increasing attention on fertility in a region where unemployment is rampant and social unrest is high.

In Nigeria, advocates of population control have been met with fierce resistance.

In 2012, when former President Goodluck Jonathan said Nigerians should only have as many children as they could afford he was met with an immediate uproar from both Christians and Muslims.

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