United Nations Rapporteur Leilani Farha has said that Nigeria must address its housing crisis and end forced eviction.
Nigeria is facing a housing crisis, with conditions among the worst in the world.
That’s according to the United Nations, which says more than two thirds of Nigerians are living in poor settlements with a lack of basic amenities.
The population of Nigeria, already the biggest in Africa, is expected to double to four hundred million by the middle of the century.
The West African nation already lacks more than 22 million houses for its
An insurgency in the north-east has forced two million people from their homes, causing further strain.
The Rapporteur warned that corrupt money flowing into the housing sector had led to a boom in the building of luxury homes, beyond the reach of the vast majority of Nigerians.
A National level of prohibition on forced eviction should be declared by the federal government, until adequate legal and procedural safeguards are in place to ensure that all evictions are compliant with international human rights law.