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Political, religious leaders in the north Aiding population explosion’

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.

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