A video of a man, who was nearly beaten in Kano state after he collected food worth N150 but paid the food vendor N30, has gone viral.

The incident occurred days after Sabo Nanono, minister of agriculture and rural development, had said “there is no hunger in the land”.

Many Nigerians have been complaining about the economic hardship but at a programme in Abuja on Monday, the minister had said “there is sufficient food in the country”.

“I think we are producing enough food to feed ourselves. There is no hunger in the country and when people talk about hunger, I just laugh because they do not know hunger. They need to go to other countries to know what hunger is all about,” Nanono had said.

In what appeared like an attempt to confirm the minister’s claim, the man was said to have ordered for food, eaten to his satisfaction and then handed the sum of N30 to the food seller.

Angered by the situation, the food vendor, who spoke in Hausa language, had attempted to lay hold on him before passersby weighed in.

Gimba Kakanda, journalist, shared the video from the scene on Twitter, and wrote:

“This citizen took a cue from the Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, who said that one can eat N30 worth of food in Kano and be satisfied. What happened when he decided to pay N30 for the meal is what attracted this mob threatening to beat him up.

“The poor chap even told them that he got the information on the new price of food from Sabo Nanono, and one of the mob asked if Nanono was the food vendor’s father.

”And, to be fair, this guy didn’t eat beyond the N30 price set by Nanono. He actually told the mob, “ci fa nayi na koshi” – that he only ate to his satisfaction. Note that the Minister didn’t just say you can find food to eat with N30, but that you would also be satisfied.”

Claims of economic hardships are thickening in the country, despite various assurances by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The president had recently stated he would not inflict further hardship on Nigerians.



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