The Christmas season is not only a time for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is also generally a season that gives many people the opportunity to travel and reunite with their loved ones in other locations.

In Kaduna, some travellers narrated stories of their activities preceding the day, including a youth corps member who had to sell his shoes originally meant to be worn on Christmas day to enable him travel to his village to have a taste of his grandmother’s local delicacy.

Kwasu Zutung, 26, a youth corps member serving with the Niger State Ministry of Lands and Housing in Minna said he travelled to Kaduna for an onward journey to his village, Boro in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State but had some hitches as he had to sell his shoes to get enough money to proceed to the village. “The people I planned to travel with had gone when I arrived Kaduna and I can’t afford to miss watching different kinds of dances, church programmes and visits to some natural sites in our community,” Zutung said.

“In order not to get stuck in Kaduna metropolis, I had to sell the black Moccasin shoes I bought for N4,500 in Minna to enable me travel. It was a pair of shoes I planned to wear on Christmas day and the New Year but I had to sell it in order to raise some money and travel to the village.”

On some of the reasons why he had to travel, Zutung said: “I can’t afford to miss my grandmother’s local dishes. In the village, you see natural things you’ve not seen for a long time including palm trees.”

“If the economy was good, I won’t have sold my shoes,” Zutung said adding, “Politicians have hidden the money getting ready for campaigns to kick-off next year”.

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