Lifestyle: Nigeria ranks 3rd in open defecation across the world, and these images confirm that

The campaign against the act seems not to be yielding the desired results.

These pictures help to confirm or dispute this ranking.

The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) has ranked Nigeria third worldwide in the open defecation. The global body says one-third of the country practice this act.

This latest rating was disclosured by UNICEF's Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Nigeria, Mr Zaid Jurji during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Katsina state, Mr Aminu Masari on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

“The situation of sanitation in Nigeria is alarming. Nigeria is a heavyweight country, not only in Africa but worldwide,” Zaid said.

“It does not go well to know that open defecation is being practised widely in various communities in a strong country like Nigeria. So, we need to do something about that beyond the traditional approach to improve on the situation.’’

A survey by the global body in 2016 shows that about one billion people, or 15 percent of the global population, practice open defecation. More so, Nigeria was identified among the top 5 countries with 39 million engaging in the act.

Other countries with the highest cases of this practice Indonesia (54 million people), Pakistan (41 million people) Ethiopia (34 million), and Sudan (17 million).

Is this assertion by UNICEF true about open defecation in Nigeria?

A tour of major cities in Nigeria will show how widespread people engage in open defecation. It is a common way people get rid of waste coming out of their body.

There are many places in Lagos, which have been designated as the popular spots for this action.

These images below offer more explanation about how to go about this act.

Some Nigerians were captured engaging in group open defecation at a usual spot.


Insufficient toileting facilities in major cities across Nigeria also contributes to widespread of this practice.