The Emir of Kano, Mohammadu Sanusi (II) has raised serious concerns over Nigeria’s growing population and its implications on internal migration, sustainable peace and security.
The Emir who was speaking on Monday during a panel session of the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit currently holding in Abuja, which also had the attendance of the founder of the Kukah Centre, Bishop Mathew Kukah, said that the potentials of the country’s huge population had yet to be tapped.
According to him, the failure of past governments to execute the right policies to harness the future of the growing young population could be attributed to the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, insurgency, farmers and herders’ crisis.
He 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.”