— The following credible News items broke between 2016 and 2018. Together, they constitute ominous indices of a failing State, worsened by a fast-approaching 2019 general election that is, by Buhari’s latest veto of the amended Electoral Act, already doomed to be not free and fair.
The links and excerpts follow: —
2018: *Nigeria overtakes India in extreme poverty ranking*
2018: *Nigeria 11th worst place to be born*
2018: *Nigeria to overtake India as world capital for under-5 deaths – World Bank*
2017: *Nigeria: electricity supply ranked second worst in 2017*
2017: *Nigeria remains third most terrorised country*
2018: *Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth and 4th country with the worst maternal mortality rate ahead of Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad*
2018: *Nigeria among worst malaria hit countries in 2017 – WHO Report*
2018: *Nigeria among seven worst countries on World Bank’s Human Capital Index*
2017: *Nigeria Police ‘worst in the world’ — Report*
2018: *Nigerian state ranked world’s third worst city to live in*
2017: *OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA COULD KILL 16,000 BABIES A YEAR*
2018: *Nigeria has some of the world’s most polluted cities—and that isn’t about to change*
2017: *’Shameful’ Nigeria: a country that doesn’t care about inequality:* At least 86 million people live in extreme poverty in Nigeria. The country’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is said to earn 8,000 times more each day than a poor compatriot would spend on their basic needs in a year… Page’s analysis is backed up by a new global index, produced by Oxfam and Development Finance International, which puts *Nigeria outright last in a list of 152 countries ranked by their “commitment to reducing inequality”.*
2017: *THE WORST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AT FIGHTING INEQUALITY IS NIGERIA AND HERE’S WHY*
2018: *The 10 worst armies in the world 2018* … As for the troops’ welfare, senators are more likely to have armored cars than front-line troops.
2017: *Nigeria has ‘largest number of children out-of-school’ in the world*
2017: *Nigeria has third highest infant mortality rate in the world – WHO*
2017: *Northern Nigeria Has World highest illiterates*
2018: *Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is perceived to be the most corrupt in the world*, according to data from the 2018 Best Countries rankings, a characterization of 80 countries based on a survey of more than 21,000 global citizens.
2017: *Welcome to Onitsha: the city with the world’s worst air*
2016: *WHO: Nigeria Has Four of the Most Polluted Cities in the World*
2018: *Nigeria’s forests may disappear by 2047 – Professor: Nigeria, with the fourth highest deforestation rate in the world* having lost above 3.7 per cent of its forests to deforestation between 2000-2010, may witness the disappearance of this all important natural resource in 30 years.
2017: *Nigeria Is The Second Country With The Most Expensive Internet Cost In The World*
2017: *Nigeria has highest number of road fatalities in Africa – FRSC*
2016: *WHO ‘rates’ Nigeria most dangerous African country by road*
2017: *LIBERIA, NIGERIA, AND SIERRA LEONE AMONG THE 10 WORST HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD*
2018: *Nigeria is set to stay the world’s poverty capital for at least a generation*
2018: *Research shows Nigeria is 9th most dangerous country for women*
2016: *Nigeria life expectancy, at 54.5, is one of the worst in the world, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) report* titled: ‘World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs’. https://www.thecable.ng/54-life-expectancy-nigeria-lower-war-torn-south-sudan-somalia
2017: *Nigeria among the worst countries with deaths from terrorism: Activities of Fulani Herdsmen accounts for more death than Boko Haram in 2016.*