BY: BISI DOSUMU
Muslims all over the world do gather to celebrate Id-El-Kabir once in a year. This is in commemoration of the Holy Prophet Ibrahim S.A.W on the occasion of sacrificing his son to Allah but for God to have intervened and provided him a ram.
Ever since, it has become a tradition among the Muslim faithful to celebrate the season. During this period, people rush to the ram market to make purchases for rams and goats.
Streetjournal under-took a market survey at the various Ram Markets in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital for firsthand information on the level of affordability by the buyers.
At the various markets visited by our correspondents, potential buyers were seen today making late hour rush for the essential commodity for the festival while in some places, buyers were very skeletal. Curiously, the Streetjournal moved to ask what the prices were and we found out that prices have doubled as they ranged between 35,000 Naira and 95,000 Naira for rams depending on sizes while goats of different sizes went for between 25,000 – 60,000 Naira.
Among the buyers interviewed was Mr. Kazeem at the Bodija ram market. He lamented the high prices charged and resolved to rather go for chicken. “The price of ram at this time is highly unbearable, can you imagine the ram of this size (pointing to a ram tied to a knot) we bought last year was 35,000 but now it’s 80,000 Naira, that’s more than double.
I will go back home and buy chicken for my family” he said. The story on the high price was not different for Alhaji Mukaila who said he wouldn’t for any reason do without buying a ram. In his word, Alhaji Mukaila said he’s been saving for a day like this; “though the price is very high now, I just must buy a ram so that Allah can bless me and my family. I bought this for 95,000 Naira but, I am happy. Alihamudulilah!
A number of prospective buyers were seen returning home disappointed while others decided to go for smaller rams or goats.
In a chat with some of the sellers, they told The Streetjournal that the high price wasn’t their fault but due to insurgency, high cost of transport among others. Mallam Sani at Moniya market said “Boko haram did not allow us to transport ram from North. Many times they killed our people and stole our rams”. Another seller at Alesinloye market pointed out that “many drivers wouldn’t agree to transport ram for us because of Boko Haram.
The few brave ones, he said, charge high fare ‘’and we can’t blame them because all of us are taking the risk to make our ends meet”
Other reasons given were cost of feeding the animals as well as treatments.
Id’ el Kabir is a celebration that comes with its blessings, especially for killing a ram. But, we advise that you “cut your coat according to your cloth”; Almighty Allah understands the intents of our hearts.
From all of us in The Streetjournal, we say may the blessings and peace of the season be with you all. Barka de sallah