Like you (like everyone), I am in the vice grip of election fever. But, as the clock ticks closer to May 8, that fever is threatening to turn into election fatigue.

 

Elections and the human statistics around them have been much on my mind. Why? Because I saw a figure that scared the living daylights out of me. 

 

Humongous Nigeria, quite aptly called the “Giant of Africa”, has just overtaken India as the country “with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty”.

Like you (like everyone), I am in the vice grip of election fever. But, as the clock ticks closer to May 8, that fever is threatening to turn into election fatigue. Elections and the human statistics around them have been much on my mind. Why? Because I saw a figure that scared the living daylights out of me.  Humongous Nigeria, quite aptly called the “Giant of Africa”, has just overtaken India as the country “with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty”. More alarming to me — and it should be terrifying for the rest of Africa, and the world — is this figure: statisticians predict that by 2022, Nigeria will have a population of 235-million people. That is up from 195-million last year. When Nigerians went to the polls on February 23, it was recorded that there were 84-million registered voters, a massive 25% rise from the numbers recorded in 2015. In the end, Nigeria’s electoral commission found that just under 36% of that number actually turned up to cast their ball...

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