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  • Updated: February 26, 2024

Economic crisis: Military, civilians scale fences, rooftops to get Customs N10k 25kg rice in Lagos

Economic crisis: Military, civilians scale fences, rooftops

As economic crisis persists further, Nigerians trying to fight hunger will go to any length to get food items for themselves and their families, this was demonstrated  in a video that has gone viral online where both civilians and military personnel scaled through fences and rooftops to get the Nigeria Customs rice being sold at the rate of N10k/25kg in Lagos. 

Allnews.ng understands that a large crowd of hungry Nigerians had gathered at the Nigerian Customs Service's Zonal Office in Yaba, Lagos, to buy the Customs Service's reduced 25kg sacks of rice.

The unfortunate video showed a massive crowd struggling to find their way into the compound of the Nigeria Customs where the rice was being sold. 

It was a situation that saw both the Nigerian military in uniforms and civilians climbing rooftops and jumping over fences to get into the customs compound.  

The video which has since generated several reactions online has been condemned by Nigerians including Peter Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State. 

The Labour Party presidential candidate reacted via a statement. He stated: “Just yesterday, I read the saddening reports of how the search for cheap rice claimed the lives of some Nigerians in Lagos.

“The population of those who are, today, classified as multi-dimensionally poor has climbed astronomically to over 80% of our population. We have a hunger index considered very serious, with Nigeria ranking 109th out of 125 countries measured.

“Our food inflation rate is at an all-time high, at over 35 per cent. Similarly, unemployment is galloping, and for a predominantly youthful population, this scenario is dire and frighteningly dangerous. 

"For the first time in our peacetime history, stark undisguised hunger has become a national epidemic with hundreds of thousands of our people driven into open protests over food scarcity and unaffordability. The hunger protests have united our people across ethnicity, language, region, faith, and location.

“Today, we are one big nation united by hunger and starvation, to the point of dying to make ends meet. Again, I strongly urge the government to lead the crusade against hunger by investing aggressively in our agricultural sector.

“I salute the resilience and determination of our Nigerian people, who in the face of all these challenges, continue to strive hard, with hope for a better nation.

“I encourage us all to remain resolute in our journey to building the New Nigeria of our dreams which remains Possible", Peter Obi's statement read in part. 

As the economic hardship and crisis plaguing the country bite harder, it is unsure what lengths hungry Nigerians will go through to fight back against starvation. 

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