The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporter observed this on Wednesday when he visited different betting centers in Ilorin.
Both unemployed and workers have embraced various kinds of betting as an alternative to survive.
Mr Dayo Olaolu, a civil servant, said as things were getting tougher every day, he had been living on football betting .
“I am not a gambler, but the situation in the country has forced me to it now as there is no alternative at the moment,” he said.
A fashion designer, Mr Quadri Idris, said he had been trying his luck to win a bet to cater for his family’s needs as his business was no more thriving.
“Man must survive and I think the best way for this present situation is to gamble. I will not steal to survive as the situation at hand demands for alternative means,” he said.
Moses Olawale a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, said betting had been helpful to him in sustaining his academic pursuit.
Olawale said his parents could no longer cater for his academic pursuit which forced him to resort to betting as alternative.
“I am a very lucky person because I always win bet. I use the money I get from betting to finance my tuition as there is no one to assist except my parents,” Olawale said.
Mr Felix John, one of the Managers of Bet9ja in Olunlade Area, Ilorin, confirmed that his betting business was witnessing high patronage by customers, PM News reported.
“We see pastors, bankers, teachers, students and even girls coming to play bet as alternative for livelihood,” he said.
Mr Mohammed Ishola, the Manager at Bet 360, Amilegbe Area, Ilorin, said customers were coming in numbers to try their luck.
” I am shocked at the high rate of patronage these days. This center is always overcrowded that you hardly see space to place your legs,” he said.
Various betting houses are in town such as Bet9ja, Naira bet.
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