President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on Social Media Lauretta Onochie has said her principal is saving Nigerians from consuming expired rice.
Concise News understands that the Buhari government recently closed the country’s land borders and also banned the importation of rice.
In a tweet on Thursday, Lauretta shared a video of officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in a routine check-up at the Tin Can Island Port where they found twenty-five containers of expired rice.
According to the voiceover from the video, the rice had expired in 2018 but chemicals were used to preserve them.
“Tin can Island 25 container of imported rice,” Onochie wrote alongside the video. “See what President Muhammadu Okechukwu Buhari is saving us from. Expired Rice!
“We don’t know when it was harvested. We don’t know the chemicals used to preserve them. But they were bagged 2016 and expired in 2018.”
See what President Muhammadu Okechukwu Buhari is saving us from.
We dont know when it was harvested.
We don't know the chemicals used to preserve them.
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) October 31, 2019
Earlier on Wednesday, the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) raised the alarm that Nigerian eating foreign rice are consuming expired ones that were polished and re-bagged.
Ali said this at an inspection tour of Area 1 Command, Port Harcourt and Area 2 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Onne.
”We are consuming expired foreign rice and when it causes cancer, we begin to look for who to blame,” he said.
“What they do is that they polish the rice, re-bag them for unsuspecting consumers. That is what we eat.
”We (Nigeria Customs Service) must reach out to Nigerians through the media and make them know the deadly effect of what they are consuming.”