“The population is growing; it is a time bomb” – Olu Falae warns


Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae has described population explosion as a time-bomb that requires urgent attention to defuse.

He stated this while highlighting and proffering solutions to the greatest challenges confronting the nation.

According to him, over-population would make the country ungovernable in 10 years time unless the government began to prioritise the people’s welfare.

Falae, who is also a former Minister of Finance, stated this in an interview published by Vanguard.

He said, “The population is growing. We are not planning to manage this population. It is a time bomb.

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“My fear is that unless something radical and positive happens like the law intervening and putting new determination and love in the hearts of our leaders to make the welfare of the people the priority of their governance.

“Unless that starts to happen and they start to push their personal interests to the background, even in 10 years time, as early as that, it may be difficult for you to leave your house and take a stroll along the street.

“This is because there is a lot of hungry people over there who will make your life impossible for you. They won’t wait until nightfall before they attack you. I pray that does not happen. These are my fears.

“You can project from where you were 10 years ago, a project at that rate 10 years forward. If you don’t do something about a population, education, training, unemployment, creating an environment that would enable Nigerians to be creative, to be self-employed, provide the infrastructural requirements for the citizens to be self-employed, God forbid, we will come under fears in Nigeria.”

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