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.
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.
Below are some reactions:
How President @MBuhari’s minister of agriculture can expect us to believe Nigerians now order pizza from London, beats me. Dont forget this is the same man who wanted to import grass from Brazil for Nigerian cows. Why are we cursed with such comedians as leaders? #RenosDarts
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) March 27, 2019
My sister “it is a very annoying situation” in audu ogbeh’s voice ☝🏿
— nenekafor♥ (@nenekafor) March 28, 2019
Audu Ogbeh may have said something remarkably crazy but never impossible in a country like ours. He didn’t want to mention Abuja senators, ministers and top Gov’t people. I know there are people in Abuja that takes their dogs abroad for medicals…
— MindSculptor™ (@_MindSculptor) March 28, 2019
Minister “Pizza” Audu Ogbeh, you say whaaaat? https://t.co/YeTnCLPy3H
— Ninja Reporter (@ninjareporterng) March 28, 2019
😏 Audu Ogbeh is not useful for purpose. He is utterly annoying. He is terrible and useless. He is a hopeless liar. He’s just making himself relevant. He knows his time is up. Buhari and APC are tired of his clueless skull. If it was up to me, I’d sack him immediately. @AuduOgbeh
— ≋ A B ≋ (@AgorasBlog) March 28, 2019
Please ooo if you know anybody that imports pizza with their cellphones please refer them to me…
Am thinking of eating imported pizza…
Metchwww this Audu Ogbeh issa sumtin 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/NaDAclFUo7
— ZEALOUS (@OmotoyosiJenmi2) March 28, 2019
Nigerians use their cell phones to order pizza from London.
-Audu Ogbeh (Minister Of Agriculture) pic.twitter.com/WCKwmrtmEh
— Nobel Vhic3❄🇳🇬 (@Nobel_writer) March 28, 2019
I still can’t believe Audu Ogbeh, like we don’t have pressing nutrition and food security problems
— Adesuwa (@TobyDonut) March 28, 2019
When Minister for Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, said that Nigerians use their Cellphones to order pizza from London… my Uncle (Gbolahan Dada) his face was totally priceless… like are you okay sir?😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/RISSG8R80Q
— Adetutu Balogun (@Tutsy22) March 27, 2019
Hear the Honorable Minister for Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, state that Nigerians use their CELLPHONES to order pizza from London. We must resist any attempt or group of attempts to order int’l pizza. QED! This madness must stop . @DoubleEph @Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/NKRIM0glgF
— Charles Emuze (@coemuze) March 27, 2019
“There are Nigerians who you use their cell phones to import Pizza from London…”- Minister for Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh
Dear Nigerians, does pizza mean something else? Or he means pizza, pizza? pic.twitter.com/tvFoAVzsfb
— diaryofanaijagirl.ng (@DANGposts) March 27, 2019
It seems Raji Fashola and Audu Ogbeh are hanging around Lai Mohammed too much these days pic.twitter.com/HCr8yEUQwg
— Your village people (@KingsGerald1) March 28, 2019
Where did this “Audu Ogbeh” come out from please is he the new Solomon daulong talking rubbish and fashola too talking nonsense
— Yopee (@Youpele) March 28, 2019
Just ordered a pizza from Domino’s Pizza, London, and I was assured I’ll get it in the next 10hrs via British Airways. I just hope the Minister for Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, wasn’t lying. I’ve always wanted to have pizza from London.
— ITAYEN (@DemGoTyre) March 28, 2019