Lagos is world's fourth least liveable city

Lagos has been rated the fourth least liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), an independent forecasting and advisory business within the Economist Group.

The annual survey of the world's 140 major cities, which was released at the end of August, described Lagos as the second-fastest growing city in Africa but the fourth worst city to on earth in terms of liveability. Citing the disadvantages of the city's rapid growth it said "Lagos is now a magnet for two perpetual threats to peace: pirates and Islamist warriors."

While Lagos has "enormous potential" the city has "little to show for it" as of yet, according to the report. Lagos received the same result two years ago but came third place last year before returning to fourth place this year.

The third worst city according to the survey is Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, followed by Dhaka in Bangladesh, with Syrian capital Damascus receiving the unenviable position as least liveable city on earth.

At the other end of the league, the world's most liveable city for the third year in a row is Melbourne in Australia, followed by Vienna in Austria and Vancouver in Canada.