The presidential candidate of the Sustainable National Party (SNP), Ahmed Buhari, has called on the governments of Abia and Kano States to facilitate the sales of leather from Kano-based leather makers to shoe manufacturers in Ariaria Market, Aba, Abia State.
He frowned at a situation where leather that should be sold to Ariaria shoe manuacturers are sold to foreign shoe manufacturers.
Speaking on a Pidgin program on Wazobia MAX TV, he called for Kano and Abia States to partner on leather sales for shoe manufacturing, he said,
” The leather wey dem they take do this thing, where dey get am from? Congo.
“But do you know that in this same country, if you go to Kano, for Sharaga, you go find people wey dey do leather, for like 200 years. They are still dey there.
“Meanwhile Louboutin dey give out report in 2014, say Kano State na im be the second largest supplier of leather [to them].
“Wetin that one mean be say Louboutin, the big Louboutin for France, na Kano be im second largest supplier of leather.
“You go think say na wetin. But they [Kano leather makers] are selling a 3 meter by 3 meter piece of leather to Louboutin for only $3.
“Louboutin go carry that same piece of leather carry go France. [Louboutin] fit process am make about 6 pairs of shoes to sell on the shelf for at least $5000 each.
“Wetin stop the Governor of Kano State and that of Abia State from saying, guy we should do a partnership [to sell leather to Ariaria artisans for shoemaking and export]?”