Ram sellers in Zaria, Kaduna State, have decried low patronage of their wares barely three days to the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
Many ram selling points in the ancient city are overflowing with rams that remain unsold for days.
Alhaji Abdulmuminu Alhassan, the “Sarkin-Tirken Sarkin Zazzau” (Head of Livestock Market of Zazzau Emirate), told NAN that the ram sellers had never had it so bad.
Alhassan blamed non-payment of salaries to many workers in the state for the poor sales.
He said prices of the animals ranged from N15,000 to N90,000.
A ram dealer, Malam Aliyu Babankarfi, identified insecurity as one of the factors responsible for the low patronage.
“The present insurgency has now become a threat not only to ram sellers but also to entire business activities in Northern Nigeria.
“The ram that went for between N100,000 and N120,000 before, now sells from N70,000 to N80,000”, he said.