It started like it was a joke when Nigerians heard that the Northern Almagamated Food and Meat Dealers plan to embark on a strike to stop food supply to some states in the Southern part of the country.
This is due to the damages they reportedly suffered over the Fulani-herders clash in some Southern States and the latest clash in Shasha market in Oyo State where lives and properties were lost. They demanded that the government should pay them a huge amount of money as compensation. After the deadline the traders gave expired, they embarked on the strike.
True, people in the South felt the impact of the strike somehow as food items such as tomatoes, meat, pepper and other things became costly due to the reduction in their supply. Apart from that, people in the Southern States still see those items and buy. But, they have to pay more than before. So, if you have the money, definitely you will see and buy what you want.
How Northern traders suffer too after they embarked on the strike
This is the main focus of this article. A saying has it that when you hold someone on the ground, you are also going to be on the ground too. The Northern traders also suffer the harsh impact of their decision to stop food supplies to some states in the South. In fact, they may not recover everything they have (and will still lose) even after they call off the strike. This is the more reason why they need to think again.
First, states in the South like Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, South East States and South South States are their major customers who buy their meat and foodstuffs and pay them cash. Lagos especially has the population and the money. The residents buy those commodities and pay cash. These Southern States patronize the sellers like no other. Stopping the food and meat supply has made the Northern traders lose huge amount of money already and they will still lose more if the strike continues. Many of them will have limited funds (if not remain jobless for the time being) as their source of income have been affected.
Secondly, the Northern traders will lose some of their commodities because many of them are perishable. These items would have perished even before the traders will seek to find new customers in neighbouring African countries like Niger Republic, Cameroon, Chad among others. Moreover, the people in those countries already have places and people they buy meat and food items from apart from producing for themselves. Again, the distance and transportation will make it harder to buy from Northern traders.
Thirdly, the Northern traders would have lost some valuable customer during the period of this strike. Yes. People must buy food and eat. Think it through: You decided to starve them without caring if they will make it alive. It means you left them with no other option than to find ways to survive. The Southern people have found alternative means of buying the food items and meat to make a living. They would have switched loyalty and may not patronize the Northern traders even when the strike is called off. With that, many of the striking Northern traders would have lost valuable customers due to their decision to stop food supply to some of the Southern States.
Well, the chips will be down when the strike is over. Then, some of the points raised above will become clearer and the Northern traders will count their losses too. After that, they would have learnt their bitter lessons which may make them to decide not to take such action again as its consequences are severe than they thought because the strike hits them hard too.
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