Yusuf Bello| Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi 11 on Monday described Nigeria’s huge population which currently stands at about two hundred million as a liability and not an asset.
He used the north-east and the north-west whose population he said, are growing at the ratio of 8:1 and which has become the epicentre of insurgency, kidnapping and drug abuse to buttress his point.
The former governor of Nigeria’s apex bank who also noted that country’s policymakers are yet to focus on how to harness the huge potential of its population made the remark while speaking at panel discussions at the Nigeria Economic Summit meeting in Abuja.
According to him, the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, insurgency, farmers-herders crisis are all tied to population growth.
Sanusi said, “people talk that our population is an asset but we are yet to get there. Nigeria’s population is currently a liability because most of the root cause of problems such as kidnapping, armed robbery, Boko Haram, drug addiction are all tied to the population that we have and the question is how do you turn that into a productive one.”
Others that attended the session at the ongoing Economic summit are, Chairman of Nigeria’s governor’s forum and Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, Bishop Mathew Kukah, among others.