We have an impression in our minds that majority of the African countries are very poor and to some extent, our thinking is not wrong.
However, you will be surprised to know that there is country whose citizens order pizzas from London and they are delivered by British Airways.
If you are thinking that we are cracking a joke, let us tell you that some citizens of Nigeria are so rich that they are ordering not just pizza but things of daily needs such as rice and tomato paste from the foreign countries.
This claim has been made by none other than Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture, Nigeria, and he emphasised on the need of taking some quick action to cut down this practice.
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The minister told the Senate Committee on Agriculture that several individuals are using their cellphones to import pizzas from London which is delivered at airport the next morning by British Airways.
He said that rich people are doing this to show their class and status and let the world know that they eat on those things which are imported. He expressed his concern over the fact that over-reliance on imports is harming the local industry and the farmers.
After the minister made this claim, people started reacting on social media. Amara Nwankpa who is the director at the Yar’Adua Foundation in Abuja tweeted to British Airways in a satirical manner,
“Dear @British_Airways, how come you didn’t tell us you run a pizza delivery service to Nigeria? Is there an app for this?”
— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) March 28, 2019
However, there were some who found no problem in ordering pizza from UK. One of them asked as to what the problem is if people like pizzas from London, adding that it is not a crime. The user further claimed that the same British Airways flight returns to London with vegetables from Anambra.
What is your take on this matter? Do let us know.