By Tijanni Muhammad
Barely a week to the Muslims’ festival of Eid-el-Kabir, sellers of rams in Kaduna may have to go home with bulk of their stocks because of low patronage.
The festival, according to Islamic injunctions, is celebrated with the slaughtering of some specified animals, including rams.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that check conducted Zango, Bachama road and Rigasa market shows large consignment of rams with many unsold for days.
A seller at Bachama road market, Alhaji Rabo Mohammad, told NAN that they have never had it so bad.
Mohammad, who came from Sokoto with his rams, said he sold only five rams out of the 50 he brought to Kaduna two weeks ago.
“The economic situation has contributed to the low patronage and is affecting even our pockets.
“While there is hope, but we have one week before Sallah, so we pray to make some sale.
“Returning animals to Sokoto will be at a great loss to me because of the expenses involved, “ he said.
Prices of the animals are from between N25, 000 and N120, 000.
Another dealer, Mr. Babanle Yaro, identified the economic recession as one of the factors responsible for the low sale.
“The Fedreal Government should do something urgently to address the suffering of the masses, “ he said.
He said there was probability in the reduction of prices of rams because many traders would not want to return the animals.
He said some traders bought rams from Niger Republic, and some states in the far north, including Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states.
The festival is celebrated across Nigeria.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar had declared Sept. 12, 2016 for the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir in Nigeria.
With the declaration, the Nigeria government would likely declare Monday and Tuesday as public holidays to enable Muslims and their friends to celebrate the festival.