President Muhammadu Buhari has attacked ram sellers in the country over high prices.
Some of the ram sellers have blamed insecurity, especially in the northern region, for the high prices of the livestock this year.
However, Buhari, in his Eid-el-Adna message on Monday, accused the ram sellers of exploiting “fellow citizens”, which he said is “inconsistent with the virtues of Islam”.
While urging Muslims to pray for peace in the nation, he also tasked them to live in peace with Nigerians of other faiths.
“Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens through outrageous prices of food and rams is inconsistent with fine virtues of Islam”, he said,
“As practising believers, we shouldn’t seek obscene profits by making life difficult and miserable for others. We should not seek happiness at the expense of others. Remember that Islam is a religion of charity that urges us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
“I urge all Muslims to continue to live in peace and harmony with their fellow Nigerians of other faiths in the spirit of peaceful coexistence. Let us pray for the progress of Nigeria at all times. Let us expose undesirable elements among us who are creating security problems for the country”.
The President appealed to Nigerians to bear with his government, saying it is addressing issues of food scarcity and insecurity in the country.
He noted that the hardship in Nigeria is as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, banditry and terrorism, saying the factors have stampeded local production of food for self-sustenance.
He said his administration is making efforts at tackling food insecurity with the provision of fertilizers to farmers at affordable prices, as well as the acquisition of military hardware to confront insecurity.
“Apart from the destruction caused to rice farms by floods, middlemen have also taken advantage of the local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians, thereby undermining our goal of supporting local food production at affordable prices,” he said.
“As an elected president who enjoys the goodwill of the ordinary people that gave us their mandate, let me assure you that we are continuing with measures to bring relief to Nigerians, including making fertilizer available at affordable prices to our farmers.
“No government in our recent history has invested as heavily as we are doing to promote local production of about 20 other commodities, through the provision of loans and several other forms of support to our farmers.”
“The current insecurity in the country “has produced severe and adverse effects on agriculture because farmers are prevented from accessing their farms by bandits and terrorists.
“Let me also use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that we are taking measures to address our security challenges. We have started taking delivery of fighter aircraft and other necessary military equipment and hardware to improve the capacity of our security forces to confront terrorism and banditry”.
He further urged Muslims to demonstrate the good virtues of Islam through personal examples and practices.