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The myth of Nigeria’s over-population

I have heard it parroted for as long as I can’t remember that
Nigeria’s hyperpopulation is one of the reasons the country is failing.
And from the first time I heard this flawed reasoning I have always
countered it, even when my views had not even been mellowed with data,
statistics and considerable knowledge of political economy. The problem
with the notion of high population is not so much that it is erroneous
as that it might give Nigeria’s misrulers something to blame for their
slimy utter badness