In a bizarre story shared on Vanguard, About 250 beggars are protesting low generosity from members of the public.
The spokesperson for the destitute, Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, Serikin Hausawa of Hausawa Community, said this is coming after a recent rumor that they ‘sell’ money received from people to ritualists.
Abdullahi said: “The reports that some wealthy people are buying money from beggars, including the physically-challenged people, for money rituals is not true.
“As a result of the claim that some ritualists do buy money from these beggars, there has been public resentment against these innocent people.
“What we know is that traders, hawkers and commercial drivers do come to these beggars who are mainly blind and lame people, to change money (get smaller denominations).
“We need to clear our names so that people will not be punishing us for offenses we don’t know anything about.”
According to a recent article on Bloomberg, about 33.3% of Nigerians are jobless, making it the country with the second highest jobless rate in the world.