The British Prime Minister’s comment only corroborated a global report which showed that Nigeria under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, had overtaken India with the world’s poorest people.
According to the report, poverty level has since worsened in the largest black country even though the Federal Government had contested the integrity of the report, arguing that it is not a reflection of the situation on ground.
Realities on ground show that a lot of Nigerians are still groaning under extreme poverty despite claims by the Federal Government that the country has exited recession.
There are reports of folks selling their children or using them as collateral for food items while some have commited suicide for lack of adequate feeding.
A civil servant in Kogi State had hanged himself last year as he could no longer cope following months of unpaid wages.
May had also remarked that “Africa is home to majority of the world’s fragile states, with a quarter of the world’s displaced people.”
She therefore tasked African leaders to rise to the challenge by creating gainful employment opportunities for their citizens who are now becoming a burden to other nations especially the West where they are now migrating in droves in search of greener pastures.
According to her, Africa needs to create 50,000 new jobs daily to keep employment rate at its current levels till 2035.
She insisted that African leaders should demonstrate enough commitment towards tackling the continent’s challenges just as heads of other nations give priority to the welfare of their citizenry.
“I am unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the United Kingdom (UK).
“Today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty but at the same time, tackle global challenges and support our own national interest.
“It is in the world’s interest to see that those jobs are created, to tackle the causes and symptoms of extremism and instability, to deal with migration flows and to encourage clean growth,” she said.