Cost of Living: Bakawsu Calls African Leaders to Eradicate Hunger


By Sheriff Saidykhan

Imam Bakawsu Fofana, the renowned Islamic scholar has called on African leaders to fight and eradicate hunger, amid the price hike of basic commodities in the markets. He made these remarks on Friday in his sermon at Casamance.

“I am calling the African leaders, including President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Adama Barrow of The Gambia and Umaro Sissoco Embaló President of Guinea Bissau to fight and eradicate hunger as the way coronavirus was defeated,” he said. 

He further urged African government's to bring economic experts in their various countries, and chart ways geared towards eradicating hunger. 

“I am urging them to bring economic experts together, and critically look at the economy and device ways to end inflation and eradicate hunger,” he urged. 

 African leaders and ministers need to cut their salaries, this he said will create employment and enhance the living conditions of people. 

“The salaries of President's can pay 100 people. So let them reduce the salary of a President to 100 per cent and employ 100 people. The salary of a minister can pay up to 10 people.  Likewise the salary of minister need to reduce to 10 per cent and employ 10 people,” he posited. 

He further reminded African leaders about the effects of hunger, saying it is more dangerous than the coronavirus. 

The exorbitant prices of basic commodities he said, has made survival hard for many families. 

“Bag of sugar is costing 2,300, bag of rice 2,100, bag of onions is costing 2,800, gallon of oil is costing 2,800 and 20D bag of potato is costing 9,75D, Butter is costing 700D, Mayonnaise is costing 9,80D and meat is costing 400D. Can many families survive,” he quizzed?


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