ABUJA ((*17*)) – Nigeria will next year conduct its first census in 17 years to attempt to precisely survey its inhabitants, estimated at greater than 200 million individuals and the biggest in Africa, the top of the nationwide inhabitants company stated on Thursday.
Censuses are controversial in Nigeria as a result of rival ethnic and non secular teams have in the previous tried to make use of them to claim their numerical superiority and declare a bigger share of oil revenues and political illustration.
Nigeria initially deliberate to carry the census final year however it was scrapped because of rising insecurity, particularly in the north the place an Islamist insurgency and kidnappings for ransom have been raging.
Insecurity stays a problem as gunmen step up assaults and kidnappings, the most recent coming final Sunday when 154 individuals had been killed and dozens kidnapped throughout an assault in northern Plateau state.
Nigeria’s inhabitants is cut up between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south, and amongst 300 ethnic teams. Ethnic and non secular violence has flared up in the previous.
The World Bank estimates Nigeria’s inhabitants will overtake that of the United States by 2050 to succeed in virtually 400 million.
(Reporting by Felix Onuah; Editing by MacDonald Dzirutwe and Alison Williams)