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Hardship: Don’t hike prices of foodstuff during Ramadan – Etsu Nupe begs traders

The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has appealed to market traders across the country not to increase the prices of foodstuffs during Ramadan which is fast approaching.

The royal father, who also serves as Chairman of the Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, made the plea while speaking to the press at his Wadata palace in Bida, Niger State.

He emphasised the importance of compassion and empathy, especially towards the less privileged, during Ramadan.

Etsu Nupe implored traders to align their business practices with Islamic teachings, stating the significance of conducting fair trade and assisting neighbors in need.

He said; “As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, traders should empathize with ordinary people and reduce the costs of food items to attract Allah’s blessings to their businesses.

“Those considering raising prices during Ramadan should contemplate the consequences before Almighty Allah on the day of judgment”.

The monarch expressed concern over the tendency of some traders to exploit the Ramadan season by hiking prices, contrary to the spirit of the month.

Abubakar added; “This is the period wealthy Nigerians should strive to assist the less privileged in the society by providing them with food items and cash to ease their hardships especially by using their God-given wealth to assist the p00r and the widows because this will go a long way to alleviating their sufferings.”