Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has branded Nigeria home to the "poorest people in the world".

The statement is coming a day ahead of her scheduled visit to the country.

The Prime Minister made the assertion while delivering a speech in South Africa, Cape Town, on Tuesday.

May, scheduled to visit Nigeria on Wednesday, added that Africa has the highest number of poor people in the world, with Nigeria being the poorest.

She said: “Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world."

According to her, the focus is to achieve "inclusive growth", noting that UK would invest in Africa to create more jobs to combat poverty and at the same time tackle global challenges.

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