A controversial and powerful United Nations population agency has offered to boost the Nigerian Naira in exchange for the federal government to change its position on reproductive health and abortion in the country.
Reports say there have been setbacks in advancing abortion and sexual rights for adolescents in Africa.
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) told Nigeria to take back its reservations on “sexual and reproductive health” and “reproductive rights” in a new UN development agreement. The controversial terms are the cornerstone of the decades-long campaign to create an international right to abortion, and expand sexual rights for minors.
“If Nigeria withdraws her reservation on the two targets, the country will get maximum value for Naira [the Nigerian currency],” the agency’s representative, Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, told a gathering of population experts in Abuja, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Nigeria’s reservations are not new or controversial, but they undermine the goals of the UN population agency—backed by wealthy European governments and the United States—to reduce population growth in Africa.