“Naija no dey carry last” goes the popular saying but boy, would Nigerians love to carry last on this one: a recent report has ranked Nigeria as the country with the highest number of people living in extreme poverty.
Conducted by the Brookings Institution, Nigeria overtook India on the World Poverty Clock to take the unwanted crown, with the report stating about 87 million Nigerians were now living below the poverty threshold which stands at $1.90 or about ₦685 per day.
The report added that DR Congo is projected to go past India to become the country with the second highest number of people living in extreme poverty in the world. The next list from the World Poverty Clock, which accounts for the poverty level in 188 countries, will be updated in October.
For perspective, India’s population currently stands at 1.3 billion while Nigeria is under 200 million, meaning about 44% of Nigerians are living in extreme poverty. That’s almost half the country’s population living in the lowest form of poverty while the rest of us are managing the other levels of poverty.
SUPER EAGLES FALL TO ARGENTINA AT THE WORLD CUP
The heartbreak could not be any more painful for Nigerians as the Super Eagles came within four minutes of reaching the World Cup second round only to end up losing to 2-1 to Argentina in their final group game.
Needing only to avoid defeat, Nigeria fell behind in the 14th minute as Lionel Messi scored his first goal at Russia 2018, raising the hopes of Argentina that needed an outright win to qualify behind Croatia.
Nigeria found a way back through a penalty converted by Victor Moses six minutes into the second half and with time running out, the Super Eagles looked set for a second round date with France this weekend.
That was until Marcos Rojo ghosted ahead of his marker to strike the winner for Argentina in the 86th minute to earn the 2014 World Cup finalists that date against France.
The match was the fifth time both nations have met at the World Cup with Argentina coming out on top on each occasion and by a single-goal margin, too.
DON’T BLAME ME PLEASE, BUHARI SAYS
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to stop accusing him of not responding to the killings by herdsmen, saying it was an injustice to do so.
Daddy BuBu made the plea while meeting with the Plateau State governor and other stakeholders at an interactive session in Jos over the recent bloodbath in the state which led to the death of hundreds and destruction of property over the weekend.
The President’s visit comes a day after Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was in the state to meet same stakeholders and assure that the government was doing everything possible to bring an end to the killings.
BREXIT WILL HAPPEN MARCH 29, 2019
The British Parliament with the royal assent of Queen Elizabeth II has made into law the EU Withdrawal Bill which will finalise the execution of Britain’s exit from the European Union within the next year.
This comes two years after the referendum to stay or leave the EU was held, with 51.9% of Britons voting to leave the EU in what was a hotly debated issue as the government under then Prime Minister, David Cameron, had promised to carry out the result of the referendum even though it was not legally binding to do so.
The vote to leave led Cameron to resign office (he was on the side of Britain remaining an EU member) as well as his position as leader of the Conservative Party, with then Home Secretary, Theresa May, assuming office in July 2016 after winning a by-election.
As a result, Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union from March 30, 2019 as Brexit will be finalised by 11pm on March 29, 2019.