Group Cautions Traders against Arbitrary Price Increase, ahead of Ramadan

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By Hassana Yakubu

Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has cautioned traders in Nigeria against arbitrary increase in food prices, ahead of Ramadan fast.

Pastor Yohanna Buru, founder of the NGO said this when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday.

Buru said the organisation was working on plans to assemble a number of Christian and Muslim clerics go round markets in the North, to sensitise traders on the ills of arbitrary increase in food price.

He said the aim was to enable Muslim faithful go through the Holy month of Ramadan without witnessing daily increase in price of foodstuff, adding that that the campaign which was being done annually, started in 2015.

“We do discuss on the importance of the Holy month and also call on traders not to take advantage of the month to double prices of foodstuff or create artificial scarcity,” he said.

Buru said already 100 Christian and Muslim clerics have volunteered and had been mobilised to help talk to traders on why they should not take advantage of Ramadan to increase prices of foodstuff.

He urged Muslim faithful across the country to provide support for widows, the physically challenged, orphans, Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) and the unemployed during the Ramadan.

“We have taken the cut-down-your-prices campaign in the last five years to some local markets in Kaduna State and have met various unions in some Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

“But this year, we have added a number of clerics with the hope of getting more cooperation from traders,” he said.

Buru wished Muslim faithful across the world happy Ramadan and prayed for the unity, progress and development of Nigeria.

(NAN)

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