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Reno Omokri: “World Bank DID NOT Say Nigeria is Extremely Poor”



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Reno Omokri, Special Assistant to the President on New Media

Ever since Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank, announced that most of the world’s extremely poor populations live in five countries including Nigeria, there have been numerous debates about this issue.

Here is Jim Yong Kim’s original statement:

“The fact is that two-thirds of the world’s extreme poor are concentrated in just five countries: India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you add another five countries, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, the total grows to 80 per cent of the extreme poor.”

In response, Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, argued that the number of poor people in a country irrespective of the country’s level of development was the parameter used to rate Nigeria among nations with high poverty level (if you missed this story, click here).

Now, Reno Omokri, Special Assistant to President Jonathan on New Media, has also joined the debate, stating that Jim Yong Kim’s statement has been misinterpreted.

“Contrary to what some media report, The World Bank DID NOT list Nigeria as Extremely Poor but said most Extremely Poor people live in China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Nigeria.

This does not mean that those nations are extremely poor. What this means is that since these nations have the largest populations in the world it therefore follows that they would have the largest population of extremely poor people.

For instance, India and China were listed before Nigeria. Does that mean that India and China are extremely poor nations? For the avoidance of doubt, China has the second largest economy in the world, while India is the world’s fourth largest economy,” he said. 

So Bella Naijarians, let’s join the debate. What do you think of Jim Yong Kim’s statement?

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  1. Gistyinka Blog

    April 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

    One thing i love about my uncle and pastor is that he will surely defend his Boss.

    • Stephanie

      April 8, 2014 at 3:42 am

      lol…famzer of life

  2. Onye Ara

    April 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

    It is beyond the dignity of any sane person to join issues with Reno Omokri.
    Until he responds to the damning evidence here

    That fellow is not worth the ink being dedicated to the poo that spews out of his mouth. How people like this get into the corridors of power is ample proof that ours is a ‘one chance’ nation on a ride to no known destination.

  3. onyx

    April 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Oh dear. Rev Reno O’mockery

    • Keziah

      April 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      LOOOOL at the name.

  4. Chigozie

    April 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

    …per capital income my friend??? that is the focus of developing nations…
    if in a country of 200 Million people and 1 million and extremely rich, 40 million are moderately rich and 150 million are extremely poor…overall summation of the prosperity of the people is pegged…at the largest amount in the distribution curve…

    Go check your data! China lifted 700 Million out of Poverty…and it is a growing…really growing economy…without oil…able to feed itself…and is growing steadily on infrastructural improvement…

    the Nigeria story is $20 billion missing…Madueke stole money from Public fund to buy a private jet…stella oduah is enjoying the money she stole…and yet we say we are not poor…

    one thing I know…you can deceive all the people all the time…and some of the people some of the time…but you cant deceive all the people all the time…A time is coming these rogues would beg Us to spare thier lives…Ticking time Bomb!!!

    • Babytohcute

      April 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      What are you saying? He is trying to clarify a statement and you are bringing all this. Like seriously?

    • SOLO ACT

      April 8, 2014 at 7:02 am

      u are correct! Nigeria is extremely POOR for a country with Natural resources. but we just have to pray for BLACK men to be blessed with the same sense as ARAB and WHITE men so that they can for once make atleast ONE AFRICAN COUNTRY Livable

    • Sandi

      April 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Yet that same China was on the same list as Nigeria. You simply proved Reno correct.

      If you want to rebutt, make sure you’re actually doing that.

  5. Blossom Ivy

    April 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

    It’s fact-based and logical. People should stop being emotional about these things.

  6. Lolade

    April 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Glad that this has been cleared up maybe people will actually understand what was meant now

  7. @edDREAMZ

    April 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Were person dey work na there him dey chop….. I no dey blame yu at all….

  8. Angel

    April 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm


  9. no heart to hate

    April 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm


  10. [email protected]

    April 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    The United States of America and Brazil are more populated than Nigeria. Why were there names not listed alongside in line with Uncle Reno’s Analysis

  11. Noble (

    April 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Wendell Simlin

  12. Iris

    April 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Ahh there he is. Small oga. I was wondering where he had disappeared to. Don’t worry, some of us never thought that. After all Nigeria is apparently now the largest economy in Africa. We know there’s money. It’s just that about 90% of the country hasn’t seen it. But here’s a round Okin biscuit for clearing that up. Clearing up that we are not an extremely poor country but rather have one of the largest populations of the extreme poor has really solved our problems. However, for the future, kindly note that when it may be worthwhile to come out and talk is when some people stop drinking the money and find a way to assign that largest economy in Africa status to the “one of the largest populations of extreme poor” status so that people can actually afford to survive. When you come out and talk about that you shall be upgraded to rectangular Okin biscuit. Mtchew

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