Low-key celebration amid high cost of food items in Delta

Muslim faithful in Delta State yesterday celebrated the Eid-el-Kabir in a seemingly desolate environment with high cost of food items.

With few tricycle riders in Asaba and its environs; and motorcycle riders in Ughelli and its environs, the usual bubbling activities in both metropolis relatively dropped yesterday with Muslim faithful expressing disappointment over unaffordable cost of living.

The state police command through its image-maker, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, had told journalists that a formidable security network had been put in place by the police in collaborative efforts with vigilance groups across the state to ensure a hitch-free celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.

Her words: “Security network on ground is formidable in collaboration with vigilance groups to ensure a hitch-free celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, the police are ready to bring hoodlums found in unlawful manners to book.”

A Muslim faithful, who spoke with The Guardian in Asaba, Alhaji Bashiru Malami, decried the low-key celebration and the outrageous cost of food items, including ram, adding that the economic recession had been unfair to Nigerians.

“We are not celebrating big, no money, cost of food items is too high, ram too expensive,” said Malami.

Another Muslim faithful, Alhaji Kabiru Sani, said de spite the economic recession, Muslims celebrated the festival with whatever they had.

He, therefore, advised Muslims to be steadfast and prayerful to cushion the unbearable effects of the poor economic.

Meanwhile, The Guardian gathered that a ram, which used to cost N80,000, rose up to N170,000, while a bag of rice, which dropped from N26,000 to N16,000, rose to N22,000. Tomatoes and other ingredients for cooking are not left out in the sudden upsurge.

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