by IPC |

President Tinubu’s Claim that Nigeria’s Population Is Over 240 Million Is Unproven

On March 4th, 2024, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu claimed that the Nigeria population is over 240 million.
The president made the remarks during a two-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates at the invitation of Qatar’s Emir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and discussed potential collaboration between Nigeria and the UAE.
At precisely 0:47 in the video that was posted to that effect, President Tinubu spoke about how to promote a more advantageous relationship between the two nations, saying that Nigerians are open to investors and that the nation has the population and potential to host them.
The President said, “Nigerians are your friends, open for business, open for honest partnership, to ensure you that Nigeria as a whole of over 240 million people is ready and anxious to welcome you and your investment with open arms and open mind, and I assure you that your investment is safe in our hands.”
As of the time of this report, the video had accumulated 516 views on the YouTube post.
Population statistics provided by the President of a country should ensure that the information used for policy formulation, resource allocation, and development planning must be based on credible and up-to-date data.
Consequently, iVerify Nigeria was prompted to fact-check the claim as the population in a country is crucial to ensuring accuracy and reliability in data reporting and decision-making processes.


The Population in Nigeria is over 240 million.

Rating Justification

iVerify Nigeria conducted a keyword search on the population in Nigeria and from the data gathered Nigeria according to Macrotrends, the country from 2021 to 2024 is 229,152,217

Chart and table of Nigeria population from 1950 to 2024. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
The current population of Nigeria in 2024 is 229,152,217, a 2.39% increase from 2023.
The population of Nigeria in 2023 was 223,804,632, a 2.41% increase from 2022.
The population of Nigeria in 2022 was 218,541,212, a 2.41% increase from 2021.
The population of Nigeria in 2021 was 213,401,323, a 2.44% increase from 2020.
The National Population Commission of Nigeria, which is responsible for conducting demographic surveys and censuses, administered the last headcount in the year 2006 to determine the country’s population size. The results of this census indicated that Nigeria had a population of 140,431,790 individuals at the time.
It is noteworthy that Nigeria is recognised as the most populous country in Africa. Furthermore, the country is ranked among the top seven most populous countries in the world, alongside China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Brazil.
Since Nigeria has not conducted another population census since 2006 to determine its actual population apart from the predicted population from international organisations , the claim by the President that Nigeria’s population is over 240 million people is UNPROVEN.