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Cash Crunch: Beggars, destitute, decry hardship, hunger in Kaduna

…Excited over court verdict.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Beggars, destitute and Almajiris have decried hunger and starvation for lack of “Sa’adaka” (Gift Money), apparently owing to continued inability of residents to come up with the usual exchange of hands.

Some of them have, however, breathed a sigh of relief, following the Supreme Court victory in favour of recirculation of the old currency till December this year, with high expectation to ease their discomforting situation.

Speaking to our correspondent through an interpreter, the poppers, in Kano and Katsina Roads, who gave their names as Mohammed, Isa, Jibril Abdullahi, Ango Sanusi, Unusal Abubakar, among others, lamented hardships, adding that those, who have been assisting them, were no longer forthcoming to aid.

According to them, some of their colleagues called it quit when they could no longer cope with hunger, and when it became obvious that people were no longer coming to them with Sa’adaka for a long period of time, feeding became a beat difficult.

However, some of the privileged ones, who heard of the court judgment, expressed happiness, saying they returned to the road yesterday when the news came to them that court has ruled against the policy that has been responsible for their hunger.

Accordingly, some of them also described the Supreme Court judgment that returned the policy back to status-quo as “Allah’s judgment for the poor and destitute like ourselves,” saying they have never experienced hardships as they are currently going through.

Efforts to speak to some of their leaders failed due to inaccessibility and transportation problem in the state – also attributed to cash crunch.

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