According to the United Nations, Nigeria has been ranked as a country with the world’s third lowest life expectancy rate of 55 years. Report by the United Nations Population Fund shows that the life expectancy of an average Nigerian in 2019 was only better than those of people in Sierra Leone, Chad and the Central African Republic. The three countries had 53, 54, 54 years respectively as their life expectancy rates.
In the report, the war-torn Afghanistan had 65 years; Somalia 58; and Syria 73. The report put Nigeria’s population at 201 million and stated that the total fertility rate among Nigerian women had dropped from 6.4 in 1969 to 5.3 in 2019, adding that an average Nigerian woman could give birth to at least five children.