Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, blamed the country’s explosive birth rate on “a misinterpretation of Islam,” the British newspaper The Guardian reported.
In an interview with the newspaper, he said the population increase was hampering the country’s plan to weather the climate crisis and preserve its resources.
Niger, which is 98% Muslim, has 22.4 million inhabitants, a dramatic increase over the 8 million people it had in 1990.
“We have an annual increase of 4% of the population … the population will double in the next 17 years. By 2050, we will have perhaps the second largest population in Africa, with the exception of Nigeria, “said Issoufou.
The use of contraceptive and family planning methods for men has reduced the birth rate to six children per woman.
The latest official figures from the World Bank in 2016 set the rate at 7.2 children per woman, reports The Guardian.
He said that the Qur’an speaks of responsible parenthood and having children to care for.
Quote: Before the arrival of Islam, women were married at the age of 18, but due to a misreading of Islam, young women had children at the age of 12 or 13 years old. But what does the Koran say? If an educated person reads the Quran, he speaks of responsible parenthood. Islam says that you should have children only if you can take care of them and educate them properly. “
Before the advent of Islam, women were married by age 18, but due to a misreading of Islam, the young women had a baby at the age of 12 or 13 years . But what does the Koran say? If an educated person reads the Quran, he speaks of responsible parenthood. Islam says that you should have children only if you can take care of them and educate them properly. “
His views, he says, do not conflict with religious leaders who opposed his advocacy for family planning.
“The religious leaders are with us to sensitize the population and that is why we are seeing … a decrease [in the birth rate],” he said.