Nigerians Descend On Ogbeh Over 'Import Of Pizza' Comments (See Reactions)

Nigerian tweeps have lambasted Nigeria’s minister of agriculture,  Audu Ogbeh, for saying some citizens of the country import pizza from London through British Airways.

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The 71-year-old minister had bitterly complained that some Nigerians use their cellphones to import pizza into the country from London.

The minister decried the high rate of food importation, saying local farmers are being affected by the ‘annoying situation’ of Nigerians importing pizza and toothpicks.

“Let nobody take it lightly, these guys have seized this country’s economy, taken us hostage and they have no intentions of giving up. Because this is a huge and very sweet market and they have taken control,” the minister said during a budget defence session at the National Assembly.

“Toothpick costs us $18 million; tomato paste costs us $400 million to import. Meanwhile, a basket in town is less than N2,000; the farmers are losing money because the processors don’t have enough funds to set up factories.”

He also said, “There are Nigerians who use their cellphones to import pizza from London. That’s where we are, and it’s a very annoying situation.”

The minister’s comments did not go down well with many Nigerians as they came for him via Twitter.

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