Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed concern over rising population in the country, saying if proper measures are not put in place to manage it, the country may land in a serious crisis.
Obasanjo, who spoke at the weekend in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said the country’s population “is becoming a liability due to its improper management.”
The former president predicted that with the current geometric population growth, Nigeria may emerge the world largest country by the year 3000.
He said: “We have moved from 120 million to over 200 million. We have added the population of France to our population and if we continue the way we are going, by the year 2050, we will be the third largest country in the world.
“If we still continue, by the year 3000, we would be the largest country in the world.
“What are we going to do to handle that, how are we going to handle that population? If we do not start getting it right now, we will not get it right by the year 2030″, he said.
He advocated for public sensitization as a means of curtailing the looming population crisis.
According to him, those who antagonise family planning should employ other means to ensure that the population does not escalate beyond its current state.