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Are Nigerians the world’s poorest?

The British Prime Minister’s statement was incorrect. I know our government is bad and would dispute it. However, we are not as poor as some African countries. The Prime Minister should have visited countries like India, Pakistan, Cameroon and other countries before misinforming the world. My position is that we are not as poor as she presented us.
Kingsley Nathan, Businessman

Theresa May
Theresa May

Let us be sincere and ask ourselves if we need a Theresa May to tell us how poor we are? For a man to lead us twice in his life, and in both occasions he took us into recession, the value of our currency depreciated, and still wants to govern us, is an indication of how poor we are. In a country of more than 180 million people, about 130 million are poor and he wants to run for another term. These are some of the reasons we have become the very poor.
Stella Okoro, Graduate

Global leaders continue to insult us with poverty rhetoric for their selfish economic interests.
May made the statement to pave the way for the economic interest of her country. The western world never cared about Africa. That is the reason they hardly see anything good in Africa. Nigeria is one of the richest countries in Africa. Nigerians should not be fooled by the lies of the western leaders.
Madu Vanessa, Graduate

Her statement was factual. In a country where the minimum wage is 18,000 naira, the cost of living is increasing while the value of our currency keeps depreciating. A man who works so hard for a month can’t boast of $100 for a job well done. Nigeria is just a country where the rich keep getting richer and the poor get poorer. It is only in Nigeria that people are proud to say “no matter how legal your job is, you must still do illegal things to get rich. ‘’
Idowu Sonia, Entrepreneur

Nigerians are very poor. We should not deceive ourselves by disagreeing with her. Instead of dismissing what the woman said, I expect the government to commence real efforts that will better our situation. Apart from the politicians, who loot our treasury and a few successful Nigerians, others are very poor. Driving a car does not make someone comfortable. Our President should act fast because Nigerians are really suffering.
Chukwuma Tony, Mechanic

The British Prime Minister was right. She said so based on available records. Since independence, our leaders have deliberately worked to impoverish us. I can’t recall any administration that cared for Nigerians. The current administration is even the worst because many Nigerians became poorer in this dispensation. The only way out is for us to have a sincere leadership because our situation is a product of leadership failure.
Ifeanyi Okolie, Unemployed

By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou, Abasifiok Johnson, Opara Victoria & Opeyemi Abdullahi


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