Renowned Islamic scholar, Sheihk Ahmad Mahmud Gumi has attributed the high price of commodities in the country to the continued closure of borders by the Buhari led Federal Government.
He said in an interview with the BBC Hausa, that economic problems in a country could cause serious hardship, and therefore it is imperative that the government take the appropriate measures.
“First of all, it was not proper to close borders when people are in need of food to eat. Leaving the border open will enable farmers from all over the world to bring in their food products. Doing so will make food products to be cheap because everyone would like to sell.”
“Now for example in Thailand, they have produced rice in enormous quantities. The rice is about to spoil. You see, if they realize the rice will spoil, they can bring it at a cheaper price. In America, we’ve seen how they are disposing of milk. So, if you close your border and you don’t have enough, definitely there will be wastage elsewhere,” he said.
The Kaduna based Islamic scholar also called on the government to look at the issue of the electric tariff with a view to reducing it.
According to him,” we all know it is water from Allah and from the dam that helps in producing electric power. It is not any huge money that is spent on the matter. So why should people be pressed so hard, people whose salary is nothing to talk about?”
“It is necessary to revisit the issue of the electricity tariff, people shouldn’t be overburdened,” he said.