Eld-el-Kabir: Ram sellers lament low patronage
By Jimoh Ahmed, Akinnodi Francis & Bukola Olamona
As Muslims nationwide prepare for the Eld-el-Kabir, prices of ram, symbol of the festival have hit the roof top.
Reports across the country showed that the high prices have scared away potential buyers due to paucity of funds.
Investigations by our reporters revealed that rams are being hawked between N35,000 and N120,00 per ram.
It was observed that though the ram markets were filled with potential customers, only a few bought the rams.
Some customers who spoke to our correspondents claimed that prices were too high when compared with that of last year when customers bought rams between N20,000 to N85,000.
Ram sellers interviewed attributed the skyrocketing prices to insecurity in some parts of the country.
A Muslim Cleric, Sheikh Jamiu Sakariyau told The Hope in Ajowa Akoko that Muslims are allowed to team up and buy a cow instead of borrowing money to buy rams.
In similar vein, a Muslim faithful in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Muideen Akanni expressed displeasure with the high cost of ram, but urged Muslims not to be dispirited if they cannot afford one.
He said what was paramount is for people to embrace the virtues of love, humility, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
In a consolatory remark, Mr Abdul Odepeju said he would wait a day after Sallah when ram prices have crashed to buy his own.
In Akure, the Ondo State capital, many Muslims who thronged the Ilesha garage to buy rams went home disappointed due to their high cost.
They observed that there are other preparations to make ahead of the festival and buying ram at exorbitant prices was unnecessary.
Reports from Minna, the Niger State capital said young boys were seen roaming major streets of Minna with rams looking for prospective buyers.
In Kano, major ram markets are said to be bustling with commercial activities as Muslims flocked to purchase rams and other livestock.