Nigeria Is Home To World’s Poorest People – Theresa May
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has branded Nigeria home to the “poorest people in the world”.
The Prime Minister made the assertion while delivering a speech in South Africa, Cape Town, on Tuesday – barely a day ahead of her scheduled visit to the country.
May, scheduled to visit Nigeria on Wednesday, added that Africa has the highest number of poor people in the world, with Nigeria being the poorest.
She said: “Most of the world’s poorest people are Africans. And increasing wealth has brought rising inequality, both between and within nations. For example, much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy. Yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1.90 a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world.
“Achieving not just growth but inclusive growth is a challenge faced by governments in the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. And as African economies become more successful, it is an issue that is being confronted here too.”
She further stated that:
“Africa is home to the majority of the world’s fragile states and a quarter of the world’s displaced people.
“Extremist groups such as Boko Haram and al-Shabab are killing thousands. Africa’s ocean economy, three times the size of its landmass, is under threat from plastic waste and other pollution. Most of the world’s poorest people are Africans and increasing wealth has brought rising inequality, both between and within nations.”