In 2015, the population of Nigeria was billed at 182.2 million people - but since many people live in slums and the government notoriously never conducts a real, efficient population census, the real population is unknown. With a population growth rate of two to three percent every year, Nigeria’s population is expected to continue to skyrocket.
The effects of overpopulation in Nigeria are already acute - Lagos is currently one of the largest cities in the world with an estimated population of about 21 million, even though its land mass is disproportionate to that number of people.
In a recent report,the United Nations has said Nigeria’s population is set to overtake the US' by 2050, and could exceed 400 million. By 2100, our population is forecast to exceed one billion and could potentially surpass China; even though our entire country is about the size of Texas - a single state in the US. The current population of US is over 322 million, while Nigeria has more than 180 million.
The agency listed both nations among nine countries that will account for half of the world’s population growth from 7.6 billion in 2017 to 9.8 billion in 2050. The other countries are India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the United States, Uganda and Indonesia.
These numbers are staggering, and that's not all. The 47 least-developed countries have the highest fertility rates of 4.3 births per woman. And populations in 26 African countries (Nigeria included) are projected to expand to at least double their current size.
Considering the fact that the world that we live in is getting hotter due to climate change and 30% of the world's population could literally start dying of heat, and the fact that the earth is NOT expanding, population increase is something that we should definitely be looking to control as soon as possible. A combination of over population and heat is disease's best environment; and we're terrified.