Peter Obi has declared that Nigeria has more poor people than China and India
– According to him, as poverty capital of the world, six people in Nigeria fall into poverty every minute
– Going further, he added the Nigeria has least score globally when in terms of equality among citizens
Nigeria has more poor people than in India and China according to Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, and running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the last presidential election has declared.
The Cable reports that Obi said this at The Platform, an annual conference organised by Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos.
“Today, we are the most stressful country. If you read the stress index, they said we are the most stressful,” he said at the programme.
According to him, as poverty capital of the world, six people in Nigeria fall into poverty every minute. Today, Nigeria is home to the highest number of poor people living in any nation on earth,” he said.
If you look at the latest report of UNDP, it says Nigeria has moved from 86 million to 98 million persons living in extreme poverty. We are growing at five percent annually. Every minute, six Nigerians fall into poverty.
“In 2012, India had 276 million people living in extreme poverty. Today, they have less than 76. Nigeria has more people living in extreme poverty than China and India combined.”
Going further, Obi was quoted to have added that the country also has the least score globally when in terms of equality among citizens.
“Nigeria is now the third most insecure place to live on the surface of the earth. We are now behind Afghanistan and Syria, and with daily killings, banditry and kidnappings, it is being speculated that Nigeria will soon overtake them.
“Our under-employment and unemployment is one of the worst in the world. People will tell you it is about 25 percent, it is actually over 30 percent. And with over 22 million young people in their productive age doing nothing, it is very worrisome.
“If you come to inequality, Nigeria’s inequality today is the worst; 157/157. We are the worst if you look at the oxfam report. In Nigeria, the richest on percent control 85 percent of the wealth. All other countries are working hard to lower this, in Nigeria it is even worsening.”