Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, on Tuesday, ahead of her Wednesday visit to Nigeria, said that 87million Nigerians live on less than $1.90 a day, which makes the country home to more very poor people than any other place in the world.
“Africa is home to the majority of the world’s fragile states and a quarter of the world’s displaced people.”
“Extremist groups such as Boko Haram and al-Shabab are killing thousands. Africa’s ocean economy – three times the size of its landmass – is under threat from plastic waste and other pollution.”
“Most of the world’s poorest people are Africans. And increasing wealth has brought rising inequality, both between and within nations. For example, much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy. Yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1.90 a day – making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world,” Ms May stated in her speech on 28 August in Cape Town, South Africa, (as seen on the United Kingdom government website).
President Donald Trump in a shocking revelation by the Financial Times reportedly told his aides after his first meeting with Buhari that he does not want to meet with a “lifeless” person like the Nigerian President again.
May and Trump’s statements have drawn vehement criticism from the opposition against President Muhammadu Buhari and his policies which the opposition thinks is responsible for the current dilapidated state of the nation.
President Buhari will today host Theresa May at the State House in Abuja.