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Nigerian President Hears Cacophony After Ignoring Population Taboo

July 5th, 2012 |

In late June 2012, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s engaged in a highly visible way with the rapid population growth issues his country is facing. Below are links and snippets of 8 articles which have appeared in allAfrica.com since Jonathan made his remarks.

Population Reference Bureau calculates the Nigerian population will reach 433 million by 2050. This suggests that the Nigerian population will grow by roughly 263 million in the next 38 years. It is now roughly 170 million.

Nigeria: Jonathan and His Proposed Population Control Law

By Sanusi Abubakar, 3 July 2012

See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201207030768.html

You must give it to President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan; he is one of a kind. No other president on this planet excels in blundering from one controversy to another in quite the same way.

Nigeria: Muslim Clerics Kick Against Birth Control Law

By Lawal Ibrahim, 2 July 2012

See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201207021019.html

Gombe – The council of Ulamas in Gombe State has kicked against the birth control law being considered by the president, describing it unacceptable.

Nigeria: ‘Jonathan’s Call for Birth Control Absurd’

By Muazu Elazeh, 29 June 2012

See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201206290196.html

An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yakubu Musa, has chided President Goodluck Jonathan over the proposed birth control measures and insisted that the call was unthinkable even as he urged the president to drop the idea.

Nigeria: Don’t Decree Birth Control

See:  http://allafrica.com/stories/201207020154.html

While inaugurating the chairman and commissioners of the National Population Commission (NPC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja last Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan mulled the idea of a bill to control birth in the country. His impulsive after-thought that there could be resistance on the grounds of culture and religion only begs the issue.

Nigeria: Row Over Jonathan’s Birth Control Plan

See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201206280051.html

Abuja, Kaduna, Jos, Kano – Religious leaders, human rights activists and opposition politicians yesterday faulted President Jonathan’s plan to introduce a birth control law, saying it was an admission of failure of his government.

Nigeria: Population Controllers

See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201207021108.html

In my great village on the fringe of south-eastern Nigeria, young men have invented a name for anyone suspected of being a killer: “NPC”. If you appeared confused, you would be told that the “poison giver” was working in the National Population Commission.

Nigeria: Re – Nigeria’s Increasing Population

By Helen Ovbiagele, 1 July 2012

See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201207020837.html

How the times are changing! I never thought that there would come a time in my country when citizens would not want to have many children, to the point that many young couples now opt to have just two children, or three at most.

Nigeria: Jonathan Commended On Population Control

See: http://allafrica.com/stories/201206280339.html

Abuja – Mr Ibrahim Kawule, a consultant on demographic studies on Wednesday commended the pronouncement by President Goodluck Jonathan on population control.



One Response to “Nigerian President Hears Cacophony After Ignoring Population Taboo”

  1. Bernard cronyn Says:

    There should be no surprises that religious leaders will kick against birth-control given that their most effective method of increasing numbers is their never-ending population arms race. (Presumably the religion with the most followers wins the “God Race”!) Perhaps some responsibility from foreign aid donors might be shown by linking aid to effective birth control programmes. Furthermore if the EU, Australia and the USA also showed some responsibility by limiting their role in absorbing surplus population from overpopulated 3rd world countries it might help steer Nigeria and other countries to a lower population growth rate strategy.

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