The federal government has given reasons for deciding to fix the National Population Census in 2023.
Recall that FG had earlier stated that the national population census will hold between March and April next year.
Briefing State House Correspondents after the Council of State meeting held last week Thursday, Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State said the census will take place after 16 years.
Governor Badaru said this was part of the resolutions reached by the Council of State during their meeting inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In an interview with Trust TV, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the census was fixed in order to address the security challenges facing the country and not for political gain.
He stated that the Muhammadu Buhari government can conduct a population census and also curb the rising cases of insecurity ravaging the nation.
Shehu, therefore, asked Nigerians to give the government the benefit of doubt as it delivered on the Anambra governorship election despite the security situation in the state and the South East.