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The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 7:32am On Jul 10, 2017
NOT everyone thinks birth control is a blessing. Boko Haram, a jihadist group that terrorises north-eastern Nigeria, deems artificial contraception to be a product of infidel learning, and therefore forbidden. Its ideologues also believe that females should avoid school, marry early (sometimes while still children) and have lots of babies. In the dwindling areas the jihadists control, women have no choice.

Even outside those areas, contraception is controversial. Boko Haram’s ideology didn’t spring from nowhere. Many Nigerian Muslims believe that pills and condoms are part of a Western plot to stop Muslims from multiplying. And in poor, rural areas centuries of experience have taught people that having lots of children makes economic sense. They can be put to work in the fields, they will provide for their parents in old age and, given high rates of infant mortality, if you don’t have several you may end up with none.

So the government in Kaduna, a majority-Muslim state north of the capital, Abuja, does not encourage people to have fewer children. That would be politically toxic. But it does offer free contraception, and suggest that women might wish to pause between pregnancies. It also promotes girls’ education—something that has caused fertility rates to fall more or less everywhere it has been tried. As recently as 2008, women in Kaduna expected to have 6.3 babies each over a lifetime. By 2013 this had fallen to 4.1, well below the national average of 5.7 that year.

When Alheri Yusuf first heard about family planning from a relative, she hesitated. “I thought she didn’t want me to give my husband more children,” says the 33-year-old mother of four, as she waits for a contraceptive hormonal injection at a hospital in Kaduna. Then she realised that spacing her children would give her time to recover from childbirth.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 7:32am On Jul 10, 2017
No one knows how many Nigerians there are. The World Bank says there were 182m in 2015, but this estimate is based on the 2006 census, which was probably inflated (politicians typically exaggerate the count to grab more parliamentary seats and government money for their regions). Most observers agree, though, that Nigeria’s population is growing at a cracking 3% a year. Many Nigerians see this as a source of national pride and strength. But the economy ought to grow faster than the population, and last year it actually shrank, thanks to cheap oil.

To be prosperous as well as populous, Nigeria needs to educate its people better. This would also curb population growth, since well-schooled women tend to have fewer babies. In a sparse classroom in the city of Zaria, 15 adolescent girls swathed in white hijabs learn about reproduction, financial literacy and how to say no. The course is run by a local NGO and paid for by the UN Population Fund. The girls say they want fewer children than when they started the sessions in September, so that they can educate them well.

Most girls in the programme will finish secondary school and delay childbirth (previous cohorts wed an average of 2.5 years later than peers). In places where female literacy has improved, child marriage and maternal mortality have duly fallen.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 7:33am On Jul 10, 2017
Within Nigerian Islam, a debate rages between modernisers and obscurantists. The former may be winning. Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano and a senior Muslim leader, has spoken out against child marriage, and proposes a legal minimum age (there is currently none) of 18. Yusuf Ali, a cleric who joined a debate convened by the emir, married his first wife when she was 14 and he was 26. But Mr Ali, who has four wives and 38 children, now thinks girls should marry “above the age of 15”. He also favours family planning, so long as couples use withdrawal rather than modern contraception. He even agrees that girls should go to school.

https://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21721325-faith-and-tradition-favour-high-fertility-education-pulls-other-way?zid=304&ah=e5690753dc78ce91909083042ad12e30
Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by Blue3k(m): 8:59am On Jul 10, 2017
Interesting article I guess if they do a better job educating the girls and improving economy the rates will reduce. The reasons they want children is due to pride and using kids as retirement plan.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 3:20pm On Jul 10, 2017
Lalasticlala, mynd44, Seun do the needful please.
Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 3:22pm On Jul 10, 2017
Where is everybody?

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by dayleke(m): 3:36pm On Jul 10, 2017
It seems someone killed a snake.....
Or TOnTO D... dey smwia nearby or....
Some ....brity dey FP.


davidif:
Where everybody?

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by omohayek: 4:59pm On Jul 10, 2017
davidif:
Where everybody?
Most Nairalanders have nothing worthwhile to contribute to topics like this, hence the lack of responses. You might as well have written an essay on the Kantian categorical imperative, or the shortcomings of the Solow growth model, that's how little sense the whole issue will make to the poorly educated hordes who frequent this forum.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by Blue3k(m): 5:54pm On Jul 10, 2017
davidif:
Where everybody?

Making babies.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 6:01pm On Jul 10, 2017
omohayek:

Most Nairalanders have nothing worthwhile to contribute to topics like this, hence the lack of responses. You might as well have written an essay on the Kantian categorical imperative, or the shortcomings of the Solow growth model, that's how little sense the whole issue will make to the poorly educated hordes who frequent this forum.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 6:02pm On Jul 10, 2017
Blue3k:


Making babies.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by Blue3k(m): 7:43pm On Jul 10, 2017
Anyway the last thing I could say to bump thread is as economy improves the birthrate will decrease. Girls get education for job prospects just like men. The cultural fear I don't know what to do public service announcements on radio and tv.

 Many Nigerian Muslims believe that pills and condoms are part of a Western plot to stop Muslims from multiplying. And in poor, rural areas centuries of experience have taught people that having lots of children makes economic sense.

The North east is the Nigerian governments opportunity to make their changes with social engineering. They have a redevelopment plan and could start giving emphasis on education.
Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by BobbyDean(m): 7:53pm On Jul 10, 2017
I think one of the biggest hinderances to Nigeria as a whole is religion or should i say our understanding & practice of religion. We are all filthy liars. Things like contraception & abortion dont make us sinners but we are too 'righteous' to allow them. God help us!

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by tensazangetsu20(m): 10:55pm On Jul 10, 2017
It's not only in the north where they have issues with child birth. The problem persists all over the country. Am igbo and you still igbos who give birth to 6, 7 children in this country. Sometimes I wonder if they know how much a good education cost. I don't even know whether to attribute this problem to high levels of illiteracy cause even the educated people give birth like pigs.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by eyinjuege: 7:32am On Jul 11, 2017
Education of the girl child will help a lot, especially in the north.
Going to school will cause delay in marriage and childbirth. Instead of starting early at 14years and having 12 children at age 40, they start age 20, and have 5 children at 40 years.
Creating awareness, awareness and more awareness is key. Radio jingles on family planning, child spacing also helps a lot.
Also more importantly is targeting the men especially in societies where the men decide on everything. Let the men understand the financial importance of child spacing, and also the health implications to the women. Let them understand training 3 children properly and empowering them would yield more rewards than having 30 children all begging on the streets and joining gangs and cults due to lack of money to train and empower them.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by funmisticqueen(f): 5:21pm On Jul 11, 2017
The fact that we still see igbos giving birth to more than 4 children is usually due to the fact that most igbos are catholic, also an igbo grandma told me that they secretely want to repopulate after they lost millions in the civil war.
tensazangetsu20:
It's not only in the north where they have issues with child birth. The problem persists all over the country. Am igbo and you still igbos who give birth to 6, 7 children in this country. Sometimes I wonder if they know how much a good education cost. I don't even know whether to attribute this problem to high levels of illiteracy cause even the educated people give birth like pigs.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by funmisticqueen(f): 5:23pm On Jul 11, 2017
The fact that we still see igbos giving birth to more than 4 children is usually due to the fact that most igbos are catholic, also an igbo grandma told me that they secretely want to repopulate after they lost millions in the civil war. Yorubas, hardly give birth like that, in fact the lowest fertility and HIV rates are usually recorded in the southwest
tensazangetsu20:
It's not only in the north where they have issues with child birth. The problem persists all over the country. Am igbo and you still igbos who give birth to 6, 7 children in this country. Sometimes I wonder if they know how much a good education cost. I don't even know whether to attribute this problem to high levels of illiteracy cause even the educated people give birth like pigs.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by carammel(f): 6:08pm On Jul 11, 2017
I may derail a bit on this which may be contrary to all the OP wrote.
In my own opinion,poverty is the problem with family planning in Nigeria. I was at a counselling center last week to and after all talk and bla,i was told to pay 2600naira for implano,1000naira for pregnancy test and 1600 for the drug,i may be able to afford it but can another woman who can hardly feed 2square meal afford that?
The UN claimed,family planning would check poverty,that is when there are less children,there would be more to go round everyone. I think they should make it free or highly subsidized so everyone mostly the targets "the poor",can afford it and be ready to go for it.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by armyofone(m): 3:54pm On Jul 12, 2017
Expensive everywhere no thanks to big pharma. My pcd is talking of bc due to my heavy periods. Imagine some are over 1,000 dollars.
I think for Nigeria situation, have 3 or 4 kids and then the men clip it off by doing vasectomy. At least side chics, concubines etc will have no chance of making you have 8 kids.
carammel:
I may derail a bit on this which may be contrary to all the OP wrote.
In my own opinion,poverty is the problem with family planning in Nigeria. I was at a counselling center last week to and after all talk and bla,i was told to pay 2600naira for implano,1000naira for pregnancy test and 1600 for the drug,i may be able to afford it but can another woman who can hardly feed 2square meal afford that?
The UN claimed,family planning would check poverty,that is when there are less children,there would be more to go round everyone. I think they should make it free or highly subsidized so everyone mostly the targets "the poor",can afford it and be ready to go for it.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by cococandy(f): 4:56pm On Jul 12, 2017
I'm going to come at this from a different angle and I know many people will start sweating when they read my post but I don't really care because it's true.

The major culprit in population explosion especially in third world countries is patriarchy.
The idea that a man's name has to be perpetuated makes couples have children even if deep down, they really do not want children. In fact everyone is raised to never consider the option of staying childless.

Is anyone on this thread going to claim they've never heard 'who will continue the father's name?' Like the man when he dies will be aware of anyone bearing his name or not.

The women are railroaded into this ego trip by being made to feel worthless when they aren't married or when married and their bodies can't be put to use to perpetuate the man's name.

Don't even get me started on people looking for male children while having their 7th girl and impregnating other women outside in their bid for the male gender.

Argue all we want, this contributes 50% (in my opinion) to the population explosion. At least from my experience growing up.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by cococandy(f): 4:58pm On Jul 12, 2017
armyofone:
Expensive everywhere no thanks to big pharma. My pcd is talking of bc due to my heavy periods. Imagine some are over 1,000 dollars.
I think for Nigeria situation, have 3 or 4 kids and then the men clip it off by doing vasectomy. At least side chics, concubines etc will have no chance of making you have 8 kids.
Fat chance convincing a Nigerian man to have a vasectomy.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by carammel(f): 6:10pm On Jul 12, 2017
armyofone:
Expensive everywhere no thanks to big pharma. My pcd is talking of bc due to my heavy periods. Imagine some are over 1,000 dollars.
I think for Nigeria situation, have 3 or 4 kids and then the men clip it off by doing vasectomy. At least side chics, concubines etc will have no chance of making you have 8 kids.
Nigerian man? Do vasectomy while living in Nigeria? Lol.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by carammel(f): 6:19pm On Jul 12, 2017
cococandy:
I'm going to come at this from a different angle and I know many people will start sweating when they read my post but I don't really care because it's true.

The major culprit in population explosion especially in third world countries is patriarchy.
The idea that a man's name has to be perpetuated makes couples have children even if deep down, they really do not want children. In fact everyone is raised to never consider the option of staying childless.

Is anyone on this thread going to claim they've never heard 'who will continue the father's name?' Like the man when he dies will be aware of anyone bearing his name or not.

The women are railroaded into this ego trip by being made to feel worthless when they aren't married or when married and their bodies can't be put to use to perpetuate the man's name.

Don't even get me started on people looking for male children while having their 7th girl and impregnating other women outside in their bid for the male gender.

Argue all we want, this contributes 50% (in my opinion) to the population explosion. At least from my experience growing up.
In addition to this, once a woman starts running away from sex, then the man begins to threaten "i will go after other women o", some women do not care and from here,the man gets another woman pregnant and the population keeps increasing
I think government or bodies in charge of the family planning programme should make vasectomy compulsory for men if they actually want to control population cheesy,a woman shouldn't be the only one to face the consequence of doing family planning.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by thorpido(m): 6:20pm On Jul 12, 2017
carammel:

Nigerian man? Do vasectomy while living in Nigeria? Lol.
.......but some do.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 6:24pm On Jul 12, 2017
eyinjuege:
Education of the girl child will help a lot, especially in the north.
Going to school will cause delay in marriage and childbirth. Instead of starting early at 14years and having 12 children at age 40, they start age 20, and have 5 children at 40 years.
Creating awareness, awareness and more awareness is key. Radio jingles on family planning, child spacing also helps a lot.
Also more importantly is targeting the men especially in societies where the men decide on everything. Let the men understand the financial importance of child spacing, and also the health implications to the women. Let them understand training 3 children properly and empowering them would yield more rewards than having 30 children all begging on the streets and joining gangs and cults due to lack of money to train and empower them.

Maybe if they increase the marriage age to 21 in the North it will reduce the marrying age.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by Elijahhopelarry(m): 6:33pm On Jul 12, 2017
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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by davidif: 6:33pm On Jul 12, 2017
tensazangetsu20:
It's not only in the north where they have issues with child birth. The problem persists all over the country. Am igbo and you still igbos who give birth to 6, 7 children in this country. Sometimes I wonder if they know how much a good education cost. I don't even know whether to attribute this problem to high levels of illiteracy cause even the educated people give birth like pigs.

Maybe it's the lack of 'quality' education in Nigeria or the lack of opportunities after school that lead to women to live under the subservience of the whims of men. If a lot of women had their own careers they probably won't be having as many kids or settle for any man that comes their way. I am not saying that culture does not play a huuuuuuuge part but my opinion is that with more women being educated the more emancipated they become.

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by DarkRebel69: 7:17pm On Jul 12, 2017
I'm the farthest thing from a tribalist, but by the prickings of my thumb I know that if a MRI scan were to be conducted on the whole population of Northern Nigeria, it would reveal that a great majority of them have thinner pre-frontal cortexes than the rest of us, or that they have a brain structure that is significantly different in some way from inhabitants of Western, Sourthern, and Eastern Nigeria. (Let's not pretend that we've never nursed such thoughts at some point).

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by DarkRebel69: 7:28pm On Jul 12, 2017
cococandy:
I'm going to come at this from a different angle and I know many people will start sweating when they read my post but I don't really care because it's true.

The major culprit in population explosion especially in third world countries is patriarchy.
The idea that a man's name has to be perpetuated makes couples have children even if deep down, they really do not want children. In fact everyone is raised to never consider the option of staying childless.

Is anyone on this thread going to claim they've never heard 'who will continue the father's name?' Like the man when he dies will be aware of anyone bearing his name or not.

The women are railroaded into this ego trip by being made to feel worthless when they aren't married or when married and their bodies can't be put to use to perpetuate the man's name.

Don't even get me started on people looking for male children while having their 7th girl and impregnating other women outside in their bid for the male gender.

Argue all we want, this contributes 50% (in my opinion) to the population explosion. At least from my experience growing up.

This is fairly accurate. I infer that it's a manner of reasoning that is peculiar to the simple-minded.

Men like Jesus, Budhha, et al, have no traceable descendants today, but yet their names are spoken more than a million times in a day. No one knows any of Faraday's children, but he roars to life whenever we switch on a TV set, or use an electric kettle, or use an electric washing machine. Which begs the question, even if one sought to be immortalized throughout time and space, would the most prudent way to go about it be by investing in material compositions (children) which are susceptible to decay and death, and who could just as easily be wiped out in one fell swoop by say the ravages of war, or would the more prudent way be by leaving behind an immaterial but more worthwhile legacy that would echo throughout the annals of history long after one has returned to his/her Maker?

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by cococandy(f): 7:51pm On Jul 12, 2017
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DarkRebel69:


This is fairly accurate. I infer that it's a manner of reasoning that is peculiar to the simple-minded.

Men like Jesus, Budhha, et al, have no traceable descendants today, but yet their names are spoken more than a million times in a day. No one knows any of Faraday's children, but he roars to life whenever we switch on a TV set, or use an electric kettle, or use an electric washing machine. Which begs the question, even if one sought to be immortalized throughout time and space, would the most prudent way to go about it be by investing in material compositions (children) which are susceptible to decay and death, and who could just as easily be wiped out in one fell swoop by say the ravages of war, or would the more prudent way be by leaving behind an immaterial but more worthwhile legacy that would echo throughout the annals of history long after one has returned to his/her Maker?

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Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by chii8(f): 8:22pm On Jul 12, 2017
Please, what are the side effects of these contraceptives? Don't tell me they don't have any, especially the IUCD (coil).
Re: The Problems Of Family Planning In Nigeria by thorpido(m): 9:58pm On Jul 12, 2017
chii8:
Please, what are the side effects of these contraceptives? Don't tell me they don't have any, especially the IUCD (coil).
Of course they do.It however depends on the type of birth control method and individual body reactions.
Common side effects include weight gain,mood swings,loss of libido and of course loss of menstruation.

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