By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
As Muslims faithful all over the world prepare to celebrate this year Eid-el-Kabir festival, which major ingredient of celebration varies from rams to cows, sellers of these animals are presently witnessing low turnout of buyers in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Though the festival is two weeks away, the sellers under normal situation would have started witnessing a surge in sale by this time.
Speaking with WESTERN POST Kwara State Correspondent on Tuesday, some ram dealers at Mandate Market located in Ilorin West Local Government Area said there was nothing to write home about in respect of the sale so far, saying some of them came from afar to sell ram for sallah in Ilorin.
A ram seller, who simply identified himself as Alhaji Sulieman, said the price ranged from N30,000 to 60,000 depending on the size of the rams, while goats go for between N10,000 and 15,000 as well.
“The sale is not encouraging at all when compared with that of last year and most of us here came from the far North to sell.
“I will say the rams and goats are not expensive knowing that there is no money in the country. At present, a ram goes for between N30,000 and 60,000, while goats are from N10,000 to 15,000,” he said.
Also speaking with our correspondent at Kulende Market situated in Ilorin South Local Government, a ram dealer said the low patronage was owing to paucity of fund in circulation.
“I want to believe the low sale is due to lack of money but I believe the market will pick up before the celebration day.
“I beg our government to pay up the workers so that they can buy from us,” he added.
He, however, said there is still hope between now and the celebration day and urged the government to pay workers salaries so they can have a blissful celebration.