About 10m Almajiris are beggars, not religious scholars – Governor Sule

Governor Sule of Nasarawa State has debunked claims of Alamajiris being mostly religious scholars, as he revealed that about 10m children operating the Almajiri system in the north are beggars. 

The Nasarawa State Governor who raised an alarm on Almajiri children spending more time on the streets rather than learning the Quran, added that the Islamic system of education is completely misunderstood just like the RUGA project which came with good potentials. 

“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” he said. 

Governor Sule also explained that his government is overturning the Almajiri system which has become a menace and security threat, by providing jobs through agriculture, vocational and technical skills. He also told newsmen that a bill which will ensure that parents who send their children to Almajiri school are able to take care of such children, will soon be in place.

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