Less than a week to the Eid-el-Kabir festival, ram sellers in Kaduna have expressed regrets about the low patronage they had recorded.
At many ram selling points such as Zango, Bachama road and Rigasa markets in Kaduna metropolis, many rams that remain unsold for days, could be seen.
Rabo Mohammad, who sells his rams at Bachama Road market, said ram sellers had never had it so bad.
Mr. Mohammad, who came from Sokoto with rams, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he sold only five out of the 50 rams he brought to Kaduna two weeks ago.
“The economic situation has contributed to the low patronage and is affecting even our pockets.
“There is still hope, as the festival is one week from now, we pray to make some sales before then.
“Returning the animals to Sokoto will be a great loss to me because of the expenses involved”, he said.
Mr. Mohammad said prices of the animals ranged from N25, 000 to N120, 000.
Another ram dealer, Baballe Yaro, also blamed current economic recession as the main factor responsible for the low sales recorded so far.
“The present economic meltdown has now become a threat not only to ram sellers but also to entire business activities in Nigeria.
“The Federal Government should do something urgently to address the suffering of the masses.
“Although people want to buy rams for the festival, they cannot afford it due to the prevailing economic situation in the country”.
Mr. Yaro believed that the price may eventually crash as many traders would not want to return back with the animals.
According to him, some of the traders bought the rams from Niger Republic, Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina States.
“But there is hope since we have one week before the celebration if all civil servants will have their salaries before Sallah”, he said.