Ramadan 2024: Religious Leaders Unite Against Food Inflation Amid Hardship

In the lead-up to Ramadan 2024, Pastor Dr. Yohanna Buru, a prominent figure in Kaduna, has rallied together 1000 religious leaders to confront the mounting prices of essential goods.

Comprising both Christian and Muslim clerics, these leaders are banding together for an extensive preaching and advocacy campaign across the nation. Their aim: to tackle the pressing issue of rising living costs, particularly felt amidst the approach of the holy month.

Dr. Buru, renowned for his charitable endeavors of distributing food to needy Muslims during Ramadan, emphasized the current challenges, attributing them to the removal of fuel subsidies. He stressed the vital need for solidarity and concerted efforts to alleviate the financial strain on individuals and families, with a keen focus on the escalating prices of essential commodities.

"As we approach this holy month, let us not forget the vulnerable among us—widows, the disabled, inmates, orphans, and IDPs," urged Pastor Dr. Yohanna Buru, General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry.

In a bid to promote unity, Dr. Buru is mobilizing over 1000 volunteers from both Christian and Muslim communities to spread their message at places of worship, educating traders on the benefits of reducing prices during this crucial period.

"For the past decade, on occasions like this, I have mobilized clerics to join me in meeting with marketers to plea," he noted.

Their mission involves appealing to traders not to exploit the upcoming holy month by artificially inflating prices. Pastor Buru highlighted the urgency of their mission, with less than four weeks remaining until Muslims commence their fasting and prayers.

He urged traders to refrain from practices such as hoarding and creating artificial scarcity during Ramadan, actions that would disproportionately affect those observing the holy month.

The upcoming campaign, set to kick off in two weeks, aims to reach markets across the Northern region. Pastor Buru emphasized that the primary goal is to encourage traders to lower prices, making essential goods more accessible to Muslims during the fasting period. He also called on wealthy individuals to assist impoverished Muslims, citing the spiritual rewards such actions bring.

Imam Ibrahim Musa, an Islamic scholar from Northern Nigeria, echoed these sentiments, announcing plans to visit markets in the coming weeks. He underscored the significance of Ramadan and the benefits for traders who voluntarily reduce food prices during this sacred month.

The leaders expressed optimism about garnering widespread support from imams and pastors through social media channels, fostering a collaborative effort to alleviate the economic challenges faced by the community during Ramadan.

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