The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has described Nigeria as home to the highest number of “very poor people” in the world.
The Prime Minister, who started her tour of Africa on August 28th, made the description in Cape Town, South Africa at a press conference with South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
“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 told Nigerians not to take the report serious stating that the figures used in the report were taken when the nation was in its worst economic recession in 29 years.
The Prime Minister will visit Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa during her one week tour of Africa.