Some Nigerians are ordering pizzas from London and having them delivered back home on British Airways flights, a government minister Audu Ogbeh, claimed.
The Nigeriaâ€™s reliance on foreign exports, he dubbed it an â€˜annoying situationâ€™. Weâ€™re just wondering how they keep the pizzas hot.
There are many items to be transported by air. In the US and Canada, customs have seized everything from turtles to tarantulas. Officials at Torontoâ€™s Pearson International Airport reportedly even once discovered sausages hidden inside diapers.
The idea of transporting of pizza from the UK is drawing global attention. Many are commenting on both the extravagance of the situation, and how a six-hour cabin journey might just spoil a once hot and delectable pizza.
Others wonder why Italy or New York wouldnâ€™t be a better choice. Why go to the trouble at all, when Nigeria has its own pizza outlets?
The Nigerian minister, Andu Ogbeh, told a senate agriculture committee:
Do you know, sir, that there are Nigerians who use their cellphones to import pizza who use their cellphones to import pizza from London.
They buy in London, they bring it on British Airways in the morning to pick up at the airport.â€
â€œIt is a very annoying situation,â€ he added,â€ and we have to move a lot faster in cutting down some of these things.â€
Ogbeh doesnâ€™t name the Nigerians who allegedly make the orders, and itâ€™s not clear whether they personally fly to London for the pizzas or get someone else to do it.
Watch Ogbeh’s speech here:
Ogbehâ€™s comments came as Nigeria tries to cut down on its reliance on foreign imports, which the minister said was costing local farmers, Nigerian news site The Cable reported.
Amara Nwankpa who is the director at the Yarâ€™Adua Foundation in Abuja tweeted to British Airways in a satirical manner,
â€œDear @British_Airways, how come you didnâ€™t tell us you run a pizza delivery service to Nigeria? Is there an app for this?â€
— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) March 28, 2019