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By Chidiebere Chukwuneme
- Saudi Arabia is the headquarters of the Islamic religion. They practice the religion to the core. In fact the holiest Islamic site is there. They practice polygamy. Mortality rate there is low. Standard of living and health condition there is very excellent and they are very wealthy, they have access to the sea on all sides. Have land mass of 2,149,000 sqkm.
Their POPULATION as at 2015 = 28 million of which, 8 million are foreigners.
- Nearer home in Africa. Our next door neighbours up north are Chad. Land mass of Chad is 1,280,000sqkm. They are almost 100% an Islamic state with the same culture, religion, agrarian and animal husbandry profession and even ethnicity as our brothers in the Northern part of Nigeria. They marry many wives too. But with a population of 13 million people. Ndjamena there capital city nearer the Chadian basin and rivers have population of 700,000.
3 Our other neighbor Niger Republic , with a landmass of 1,270,000 sqkm, who share the same culture, language, ethnicity, agrarian and animal husbandry profession and religious practice that allows polygamy like our brothers up north has a population of 18m people.
4, Now fast forward to NORTHERN NIGERIA, with a land mass of 614,000 sqkm. Which is a quarter of that Saudi Arabia. Half of that of Chad and Niger. With very much higher mortality rate than Saudi Arabia. Ravaged by poverty and disease with one of the worst health care system in the world. No access to any river, sea or body of water like Saudi Arabia, yet someone want me to believe that *they have 90million human beings living there. Now wait for the bigger contradiction, Benue and Plateau states, the richest and greenest belt within the North do not have as great a population as their neighbours, who live in the arid desert. Haba! HOW? By what magic? If you query them, they will tell you that their religion allow them to marry many wives. So how come your brothers in Chad that marry so many wives and who also live by the great Lake Chad are not as populated as you are? Come on people!
Former boss of Nigerian Population Commission (NPC), Festus Odimegwu was on the verge of unravelling this mystery and exposing this grand fraud foisted on us by the British by resolving to conduct fraud free census, before Jonathan sacked him because Jonathan was blackmailed. That was one of the unforgettable and unforgiving sins of Jonathan against the Nigerian state.
Look around you, from Sudan to Mauritania to Somalia to Egypt to Morocco, practicing Muslim countries in the Northern part of Nigeria and Africa with the same polygamous religious culture, some even with access to the sea, far greater land mass and healthier and richer health conditions. Check out their population.
Please kindly review the factors that influence the population of a given region or location at any time (it is an assignment) and tell me what you get.
I have a friend, who is a pilot. He has flown the length and breadth of Nigeria. The guy is at a loss as to where the 90million are hiding in the Northern part of Nigeria. He cannot understand the mystery.
It is this kind of unresolved mystery and fraud, which has continued to fuel the agitation of progressive folks for a total overhaul and restructuring of Nigeria, which the north is viciously resisting. We cannot continue in this lies without resolving it. It is offensive, insulting and annoying for you to continue to throw a false and bogus population figure at my face. A figure that does not show at all in the bottom line, a figure that adds NO much value to the common wealth.
Enough is enough.
My own analysis:
Another thing that proves Nigeria population is a hoax is the number of registered active GSM lines which lies between 100 million and 110 millions. On the average, every Nigerian gsm user has 3 active lines. This brings the number of active subscribers to less than 40 million. If you add the number of children and non gsm users you’ll arrive at a figure of nearly 80 million to 100 millions. I dare say that Nigerian population is not more than 100 million. During voters’ registration, we get mind boggling figures, yet during election, with all the massive multiple thumbs printing that go on, we always end up with figures less than 30 million. Who is fooling who? We suck as a nation.
I can tell you that if census figure is used for taxation instead of revenue sharing, we won’t have more than 80 million Nigerians.
*Chidiebere Chukwuneme, a public affairs commentator, wrote in from Lagos.