While we're used to reading all sorts of bizarre happenstances from across the world, we have amidst us one more from the continent of Africa.
A politician from Nigeria claims that people from his country are ordering pizzas from London and having them flown to Nigeria, which is about 4,000 miles, via British Airways. Which means they get over their pizza fetish by placing orders internationally, and here we're still waiting for our lunch we ordered almost 45 minutes ago!
The Agriculture minister Audu Ogbeh has made a statement saying Nigeria is too dependent on foreign imports, which are primarily seen as a status symbol by most families in the country. So according to him, people in Nigeria, well most of them, consume imported products like rice, wheat, tomato paste, just to procure a status symbol they can live up to.
'They buy (pizza) in London, they bring it on British Airways in the morning to pick up at the airport,' the Agriculture minister mentioned in an interview with a foreign publication.
He further criticised the locals for ordering anything from overseas as he claims it's an ostentatious display of status and class and the fact that only they can afford to import certain products from outside the country.
'It is a very annoying situation and we have to move a lot faster in cutting down some of these things,' he added.
Of course foreign exports are harming the Nigerian economy in general and the government is trying to cut down on foreign imports as much as possible. Nigeria is primarily becoming a nation of importers and most imports go to the rich folk, who knowingly treat it as a novelty.
"The farmers are losing money because the processors do not have enough funds to set up factories." Ogbeh added in his interview. Well, that explains why Nigeria strongly needs to import. But come on, pizzas? How much money does pizza dough require anyway? And wouldn't fuel charges be a lot higher than making pizzas in the country itself? Something to think about, I think.
The locals think the Agriculture Minister's claim is absolute rubbish though:
Do you blame them? When our politicians are tired of the bread and stew many of our local pizzerias are serving nko.ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£
-#Repost Some Nigerians use their phones to import pizza from London - Minister for Agriculture, #AuduOgbeh
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I still can't believe Audu Ogbeh, like we don't have pressing nutrition and food security problems— Adesuwa (@TobyDonut) 28 March 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 . â¦@DoubleEphâ© â¦@Gidi_Trafficâ© pic.twitter.com/NKRIM0glgF— Charles Emuze (@coemuze) 27 March 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.— No Trace (@DemGoTyre) 28 March 2019
While, we're not sure what is happening in Nigeria and how many hungry Nigerians are ordering pizza from halfway across the world, we surely do see the humour in this and we hope they get a Dominos soon enough.