By Lilian Ogbonna (AGENDAWTCHDOG) – Senator Rochas Okorocha has accused Northern Governors of having treated the Almajiri unfairly, insisting that the child urchins deserved a better life. The Senator was speaking on a BBC Hausa Service slot.
The immediate past Governor of Imo State charged the northern leaders to see how they could educate and create jobs for the street urchins as one of them could be president of the country tomorrow, adding that hunger and poverty where the real problems, and not Almajiri system per se.
in his words: “The governors and other rich Individuals should help transform the Almajiri system of Islamic education, instead of subjecting them to humiliation. Many of our prominent people now, were once, Almajiri ”,
“The system had its origin from the migration of Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. When he migrated from Mecca, some people followed him in search of knowledge and they were catered for. They were not left hungry. They were fed.”
“Some of us have excess that we don’t need. Channel such towards enhancing the living standard of such children. They are our children.”
Okorocha said that his foundation had taken up the course of empowering the Almajiri through education by establishing schools in Kano, Yola, Zaria and Sokoto.
In the wake of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Northern Governors had commenced the repatriation of Almajiri to their home states as a means of supposedly checking the further spread of the virus, with the Kano State Government going to the extent of enacting an edict banning the Almajiri system of education from the state.