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Buyers in last-minute rush for Sallah rams lament exorbitant costs

Arewa PUNCH has observed a last-minute rush to buy rams in many states across the North region, even as the majority of the residents lament the high cost of the sacrificial animal.

Several Muslim faithful in the Arewa region who are eager to be part of this year’s Sallah festival have expressed deep worries over the scary prices of the different sizes of the rams put up for sale at the various markets.

Many of the highly disappointed ram market patrons lament that the exorbitant cost of these rams may deny them the opportunity of performing the Islamic spiritual obligation and also celebrate the festival with ram.

Cows and rams on sales, as Muslims prepare for the celebration of Eid-El-Kabir, at the Kara cattle market, Isheri, Ogun State… on Thursday. Photo: Stanley Ogidi

When Arewa PUNCH compared the current 2024 market prices of some of the rams with the 2023 prices, it was observed that the ram market prices have risen by more than 300 per cent in some instances, far above the income of the average Nigerian.

Not a few of the buyers have told our correspondent that while they were able to manage to purchase some rams last year, the prices being tagged his year to rams do not give the hope to that certainty.

Cows and rams on sales, as Muslims prepare for the celebration of Eid-El-Kabir, at the Kara cattle market, Isheri, Ogun State… on Thursday. Photo: Stanley Ogidi

They said apart from the high  cost of the rams, the general living standard up north has gone so low that before they squeeze out the money to purchase rams at the present cost, they must almost equally consider other factors waiting to drain more money from them; such as routine staple food on the table, house rent, school fees for the children’s continued education after the festivity and money to transport themselves to work and back.

Arewa PUNCH for instance visited the popular Thursday market in Minna, which also opens on Saturdays to observe dealings at the ram section and reports that the sad story over the poor economic situation is the same all over.

Amuda Hamid, who is a ram seller, told Arewa PUNCH, “We could not afford to buy many rams this year. The only people who patronise us are the government people and the politicians, but they have already bought before today ahead of time. Even the small rams are not affordable to many of our customers. We are in trouble in this country if this situation continues,” he lamented.

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