The man below, General Sani Abacha was Nigerian president for 5 years (1993 - 1998) and in that time, he stole unspeakable amount of public funds. Wikipedia states that “In 2002, Abacha's family purportedly agreed to return $1.2 billion that was taken from the central bank.”
If this fund was utilized properly, poverty will not be linked to Nigeria today.
What you see below that looks like a really large mattress is also another stash of stolen funds found in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria just this year.
Guess the intriguing part? No one claimed ownership of this fund estimated at $50 million.
Yes! Whoever stole this money denied not only the money but the apartment and anything linked to it as well. Many Nigerians believe that there exists various locations in Nigeria where such magnanimous sums of money is currently hidden today.
So to answer your question, maybe Ethiopia and Niger’s hunger is environmental but Nigeria’s poverty is man-made.
Other factors which contribute to poverty in Nigeria include:
- Election of unqualified leaders into public offices.
- Lack of structure, direction and sustainable goals due to the effects of #1.
- Also the level of greed in the Nigerian political system is cancerous. It spreads like cancer and has no cure.