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JUST IN: Almajirai attack Northern Governors over ‘Maltreatment’

A group known as Concerned Almajirai has criticized Northern Governors over plans to repatriate them to their states of Origin.

The group led by one Onuchi Abdulghafaar called on a stakeholders forum organized by the Federal Government to design a blueprint to address the challenge of the Almajiri system in northern states.

At a press conference in Borno, the group highlighted that the repatriation process will not solve the crisis.

“The act is not in line with the Islamic principle which enjoins someone who is in a place affected by a plague not to leave (to prevent the spread of the plague) and someone outside the affected area not to enter the area (also to prevent him from contracting the plague,” Abdulghafaar, also an almajiri and chemical engineering graduate, said.

He suggested that the stakeholders’ forum should comprise community, Islamic, religious and traditional leaders, parents, teachers, governments, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations. He said the stakeholders could constitute a committee to draw a blueprint for the management of Almajiri system.

“The committee should extensively establish a database of all the Tsangayas in each state with the number of students. This will assist the governor in having a prospect of intervention needed in the Tsangaya,” he disclosed.

He said the Almajiri system was not a bad form of education, stressing that it teaches students knowledge of the Holy Qu’ran and basic conduct.

He said he as an almajiri, also improved on his knowledge by studying Chemical engineering. He mentioned other notable persons in the north that passed through the same system and had risen to the pinnacle of their career.

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