Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has predicted what may be Nigeria’s condition by the year 2040.
Obasanjo said the country’s growing population will either be beneficial or disastrous depending on how leaders were able to make the country self-sufficient in education, food, employment and housing.
He said with the available potentials available in the country, Nigeria should aim to be one of the tenth largest economies in the world by 2024.
He said this on Monday at Calabar Free Trade Zone in Calabar, Cross River State, while inaugurating the Skyrun ultra- modern freezer and fridge factory.
He said, “When I was in the aircraft, Senator Liyel Imoke told me that Nigeria’s population currently stands at 193 million people. By the year 2045, Nigeria’s population will be about 400 million and we can be happy as well as, be sad.
“If we can provide food, education, employment and housing for all of them , then we shall be happy, otherwise, it will be a sad situation.
“Unfortunately, Nigerians are dying in the Mediterranean sea and being sold as slaves in Libya. We need political the will to overcome this situation. We must not allow the dignity of Nigerians to be so reduced in the eyes of the world .”