The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), has described the rising population in Nigeria as a liability to the country.
Emir Sanusi stated this while speaking at a panel session of the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit currently holding in Abuja.
Prominent personnel at the session are the Founder of the Kukah Centre, Bishop Mathew Kukah and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.
The session focussed on how demographic realities can be transformed into social and business opportunities and what the implications are on internal migration, sustainable peace and security.
Emir Sanusi stated that the country is yet to tap into the huge population, as the right policies to harness the future of the young people are still lacking.
The Emir attributed the reoccurring kidnapping, armed robbery, insurgency, farmers-herders crisis to the level of population growth.
He said, “People talk that our population is an asset but we are yet to get there. Nigeria’s population is currently a liability because most of the root cause of problems such as kidnapping, armed robbery, Boko Haram, drug addiction are all tied to the population that we have and the question is how do you turn that into a productive one.”