‘Nigeria is home to the highest number of very poor people in the world’ – Theresa May


The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has described Nigeria as the home to the highest number of “very poor people” in the world.

May, who started her tour in Africa yesterday August 28th, made the description in Cape Town, South Africa at a press conference with South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Her words:

Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live below $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world.

Recall that in June, the Brookings Institution named Nigeria the poverty capital of the world, overtaking India, a country with a total population of over 1.3 billion people.

When the report was released, the Federal government asked Nigerians not to put any importance to it as the figures used in the report, were taken when the nation was in its worst economic recession in 29 years.

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