Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has condemned begging in the state in the name of Almajiri system of education – Governor Sule says about 10m children operating the Almajiri system in the north are simply beggars – The governor says the children spend more time on the streets rather than learning the Quran
Governor Sule says the Almajiri system of education is completely misunderstood Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state about 10m children operating the Almajiri system in the north are simply beggars, adding that they spend more time on the streets rather than learning the Quran.
He called on parents in the north to desist from giving birth to children and subjecting them to begging in the name of Almajiri Islamic religious education or face sanctions. The Nation reports that Governor Sule said that the Almajiri system of education is completely misunderstood.
He said begging is not part of the concept of Almajiri system of Islamic education.
The governor said:
“Government must establish that it is a crime to abuse a child, it is a crime to bring children to this world and send them to Almajiri system where you cannot take care of them. “It is a crime to send children on the street begging. That is what we are trying to do, parents must take responsibility.
“You can’t bring children to this world and dump them somewhere and expect somebody else to take care of them, so parents must not shy away from responsibility.” Governor Sule said that Almajiri system has become a menace and security threat in Nasarawa state, adding that his government is approaching insecurity in three different ways.
According him, Nasarawa state government is providing jobs through agriculture, vocational and technical skills as well as ensuring that parents who send their children to Almajiri school are able to take care of such children and a bill to that effect will soon be in place. He said his administration would make sure that begging on the street is a crime, adding that the rights of children must be protected.
Thiscame following a report that the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari would soon ban the Almajiri system operating especially in the northern part of Nigeria.