Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country where they practice Islam to the core. In fact the holiest Islamic site is there. They practice polygamy.
Mortality rate there is low. Standard of living and health condition there is very excellent and they are very wealthy They have access to the sea on all sides. Have land mass of 2,149,000 sq km.
Their POPULATION as at 2015 = 28 million of which, 8 million are foreigners.
Nearer home in Africa. Our next door neighbors up north is Chad. Land mass of Chad is 1,280,000 sq km. They are almost 100% an Islamic state with the same culture , religion, agrarian and animal husbandry profession and even ethnicity as our brothers in the Northern part of Nigeria.
They marry many wives too. But with a population of 13 million people. Ndjamena there capital city nearer the Chadian basin and rivers have population of 700,000.
Our other neighbor Niger Republic , with a landmass of 1,270,000 sqkm, who share the same culture, language, ethnicity, agrarian and animal husbandry profession and religious practice that allows polygamy like our brothers up north has a *population of 18 million people.
Now fast forward to NORTHERN NIGERIA, with a land mass of 614,000 sq km. Which is a quarter of that Saudi Arabia.Half of that of Chad and Niger. With very much higher mortality rate than Saudi Arabia.
Ravaged by poverty and disease with one of the worst health care system in the world. No access to any river, sea or body of water like Saudi Arabia, yet someone want me to believe that they have 90 million human beings living there .
*Now wait for the bigger contradiction, Benue and Plateau states, the richest and greenest belt within the North does not have as great a population as their neighbours, who live in the arid desert.
Haba! HOW? By what magic? If you query them, they will tell you that their religion allow them to marry many wives . So how come your brothers in Chad that marry so many wives and who also live by the great lake Chad are not as populated as you are? Common people .
Festus Odimegwu was on the verge of unraveling this mystery and exposing this grand fraud foisted on us by the Britishers by resolving to conduct fraud free census, before Jonathan sacked him because Jonathan was blackmailed. That was one of the unforgettable and unforgiving sins of Jonathan against the Nigerian state.*
Look around you , from Sudan to Mauriania to Somalia to Egypt to Morroco, practicing Muslim countries in the Northern part of Nigeria and Africa with the same polygamous religious culture, some even with access to the sea, far greater land mass and healthier and richer health conditions. Check out their population.
Please kindly review the factors that influence the population of a given region or location at any time (it is an assignment) and tell me what you get .
I have a friend , who is a pilot. He has flown the length and breadth of Nigeria. The guy is at a loss as to where the 90 million are hiding in the Northern part of Nigeria. He cannot understand the mystery.
It is this kind of unresolved mystery and fraud, which has continued to fuel the agitation of progressive folks for a total overhaul and restructuring of Nigeria, which the north is viciously resisting. We cannot continue in this lies without resolving it.
It is offensive, insulting and annoying for you to continue to throw a false and bogus population figure at my face. A figure that does not show at all in the bottom line, a figure that adds NO much value to the common wealth.
Enough is Enough!
RESTRUCTURE NOW WE MUST
Sola Salako-Ajulo is a human rights activist and the president/founder of Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.