Few days to this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival, most major markets in Lagos and Ebonyi states were devoid of the expected bustling activities that usually herald the season. Prices of rams continue to increase, making it almost unaffordable for many Muslims.
Activities at markets were still business as usual, with little or no difference to show that Eid-el-Kabir is around the corner. At this period, traders usually make a lot of brisk sales, but the reverse appeared to be the case.
At Daleko, Ikotun and Oshodi Markets, there was remarkable rise in prices of commodities, especially those considered essential for Sallah celebrations, including ram, with most people complaining of insufficient funds to purchase items, just as most traders bemoaned low patronage, compared to last year.
The Guardian, August 18, 2018
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