Political and religious leaders in the northern part of the country have been accused of directly fuelling the high population explosion in the north by refusing to speak against the practice of men marrying many wives and giving birth to children they cannot adequately train and cater for.
The Pro-Chancellor of the Baze University, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, stated this when the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Babatunde Osotimehin and the Permanent Secretary United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), Mark Lowcock, visited him yesterday in Abuja.
He insisted that Nigeria will never be good if leaders at all levels fail to address the issue of uncontrollable birth rate in the country.
He further blamed the Federal Government for its inability to make definite statement on the need for people to control their birth rate in the country for due to what he called ‘looking for votes.
While commending the efforts of the UNFPA and DfID in their efforts to give adolescent girls better lives across the country, Baba-Ahmed said: “I feel sorry for you because I know the task ahead, I know the challenges you are facing.
“Also speaking, the UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, said, “It is not the number of the children that counts, it is the quality.
Our ability to provide for that number, not only in terms of nutrition, but also in terms of quality education to allow them fulfil their potentials is where we want to go,” he stressed.