By Charles Kumolu, Deputy Editor
SPOKESMAN, Coalition of Northern Teams, CNG, Abdulazeez Sulaiman, on this interview, interrogates studies that almajirai are ‘invading’ southern states, saying these apprehended are usually not almajirai.
He argues that northerners are being wrongly profiled by southern governments, blaming northern governors for the destiny of almajirai. He additionally states how greatest to deal with the almajirai problem in northern Nigeria.
Do you suppose the repatriation of almajirai to their states of origin by northern governors is the way in which to go?
I definitely don’t see this as an answer. It’s quite additional complicating an already advanced state of affairs. For one, which is maybe most necessary, state governors, particularly these of northern states don’t seem to function inside the tenets of democracy.
Most northern governors function a quite militarised type of democracy by which they have an inclination to resort to pressure as the one resolution to even probably the most civil of issues.
This pressured deportation by oppressive regimes in northern states is basically a brutal encroachment on the elemental rights of those Nigerian youngsters which as some discovered authorized professionals warned, might spark a constitutional disaster. There is no such thing as a adherence to due course of within the train and no good religion by most state governors who solely search private political ascendancy on the expense of the susceptible.
I can see many individuals together with state governors are both talking from a deliberate mischievous standpoint, or from the place of ignorance. The folks condemning the almajiri system of training are talking from these standpoints. It’s merely a system of scholarship which has been uncared for for ages by authorities and which thrived regardless of and regardless of all odds.
Like what we confer with in the present day because the formal education system; that’s the mannequin we settle for presently, began as mission colleges that have been later reworked by means of a sequence of reforms, evaluation and reassessment. The system remains to be present process reforms globally.
So it’s not the folks. I imply the dad and mom or pupils that made the present system what it’s in the present day. It’s quite the curiosity of the elite that subjected an preliminary mission education system to authorities reforms whereas intentionally neglecting what they deride as an Islamic system of scholarship which they readily derogate.
Why I mentioned others are talking from the viewpoint of stark ignorance is as a result of most individuals have been misled to imagine that the almajiri, is a ‘youngster beggar.’ It’s quite a system of training you can name casual or non-formal and that has been in existence earlier than the appearance of western training system.
Almajiri was coined from an Arabic phrase “al-muhajirun” and on this context, almajiri is only a boy that seeks Islamic information and he’s given to a malam (instructor) or an “alaramma” by his father. The dad and mom know the place they’ve taken their youngsters to however their quantity has elevated just lately, and that’s alarming.
Once more, after a sure variety of years, they end what they’re purported to do and so they go into one thing else. Some are skilled to change into academics. It’s a well-organised system which was subsequently reformed.
It’s not each almajiri that could be a beggar and it’s not all people who beg which are almajirai. The truth is, one may even say that the extra accountable phase of the northern elite is made up of a big share of those that have in some unspecified time in the future handed by means of that casual system of Islamic scholarship.
Most flourishing small and huge scale companies within the north are owned generally by individuals who solely had that Islamic studying. I can let you know that the richest and most profitable entrepreneur in Zaria in the present day is solely a product of the almajiri education system delivered to Zaria as a baby. So is the case in lots of different cities.
Most governors and prime authorities officers in significantly the far north, are from almajiri backgrounds which they now intentionally and mischievously affiliate solely with avenue begging.
Speaking about beggars, it’s advanced. There are a number of courses of beggars throughout Nigeria that haven’t any relation with almajiri. As an illustration, the police in the present day beg at checkpoints, company beggars beg on the web and at ATM places, airports and malls. All these are usually not almajirai.
So, for me, I’m not in opposition to the almajiri system of training as a result of it has offered what the essential training system has did not. I’m not of the opinion, that these youngsters needs to be forcefully taken away from their malams and alarammas as a result of they got to those alarammas by their dad and mom.
Experiences indicated that some almajirai have been intercepted on their technique to some southern states. What do you make of that?
Once I learn such studies I snort as a result of I do know that these mentioned to be apprehended by the southern state governments are usually not almajiri children. They’re quite on a regular basis northerners who the South humiliate, harass and suppress by hiding behind the identify almajiri.
What is going on within the South within the guise of intercepting almajiri is a part of a wider agenda to frustrate all northerners, significantly the Hausa/Fulani out of southern Nigeria.
For too lengthy, enemies of the North each international and native have labored strenuously to make sure that the area stays backward, weak, confused and bewildered by myriads of challenges and issues.
The present onslaught within the pretext of sending again almajirai, is, due to this fact, a part of a mega however clandestine plot spanning a number of years. It’s one side of the plan to dehumanize the North and decapitate it by means of exploiting its inner weaknesses and cleavages.
What do you make of the repatriation of these headed down South by safety companies in states the place they have been intercepted?
With the present peculiar state of affairs accentuated by the COVID-19 scare, there’s nothing improper in authorities taking drastic further measures to establish folks going into their states from different components of the nation and even from different nations of the world.
This vigilance should nevertheless not be focused at simply folks from a specific a part of Nigeria for profiling, dehumanization and vilification. And if want be, authorities can take measures to show again suspicious individuals proper on the entry factors. It won’t be acceptable to pull out folks of different ethnicities already settled in communities even lengthy earlier than COVID-19 pandemic.
Southern leaders described the motion of some almajirai down South as being suspicious…
I’ve identified earlier that there isn’t any motion in anyway of the almajirai who’re small children to the South. The southern leaders wish to use the chance to humiliate all Hausa/Fulani Muslim northerners residing in, or passing by means of the South.
We examine a sure faction of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo inciting Southeast governors to deport “almajiri” from their states. This was mentioned with out offering the factors laid down for the identification of who needs to be termed almajiri.
The southern leaders are merely arrogating to themselves the powers to find out who to accommodate of their midst no matter clearly outlined constitutional ensures for citizen residency.
It’s regrettable that within the execution of this plan, the consciousness is eroding the southern leaders that for many years, completely different tribes in Nigeria have been accommodated and tolerated in lots of components of the North with out discriminatory official actions particularly to intimidate, harass and endanger them, their households, their properties or their trades.
Leaders of the South and different jingoists appear to not trouble that their individuals are so tolerated by the North regardless of ample exhausting proof that exhibits how most of them take undue benefit of the area’s tolerant tradition to pursue illicit trades.
In view of prevailing circumstances, how can the almajirai establishment be restructured with out hurting pursuits?
I believe we now have completely different phenomena. Within the South, we now have the difficulty of the ‘boy youngster’ that isn’t going to high school. In different cases, we now have the difficulty of internally displaced youngsters. They could be with their dad and mom in Internally Displaced Individuals, IDP, camps, or orphans.
The boy-child difficulty is completely different, the girl-child difficulty is completely different and the almajiri difficulty is completely different. To efficiently reform and replace the system, reference ought to, for example, be made to Professor Galadanchi’s report which is at present domiciled on the Common Fundamental Training ,UBEC.
Nigerians can have a look at it and see how we will implement it and take away these younger youngsters from the streets.
We’re as nicely conscious that at a degree, the federal authorities beneath late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua arrange a committee to guage the issue.
The committee found that a number of nations observe one type of almajiri training or the opposite as Tsangaya, Madrassah, or beneath different names relying on the nation. However after the dying of President Yar’adua, the coverage was fully modified. We noticed throughout Jonathan’s administration, development of faculties that have been tagged Almajiri colleges.
However the system began failing as a result of the insurance policies that Yaradua got here up with weren’t adhered to and the dad and mom didn’t have any confidence within the so-called new Almajiri colleges.
If we actually wish to take the almajiri to standard faculty, we should always not throw away the almajiri system of training as a result of it offers abilities – one of many targets of main training. The system offers them fundamental literacy. They’ll learn and write. They’ll learn the Holy Qur’an at a time when our kids in typical training can not even learn.
The answer is, due to this fact, to appraise the almajiri system after which provide you with an encompassing coverage that may combine each the almajiri youngster and their academics into the essential training system. It may be performed. Indonesia had 30 million out-of-school youngsters, now 99 % are at school.
Indonesia solely took three topics out of western training – Arithmetic, English and Science – and inculcated them into the Madrassah system of training and that was it. The alarammas and the malams needs to be built-in into the essential system in order that, they’ve confidence in what the federal government is doing.
You even have to hold the dad and mom alongside. It’s a must to provide you with a reorientation system whereby you inform the dad and mom the ills of taking their youngsters out of their environments- from a recognized atmosphere to an unknown atmosphere, particularly with the insecurity within the nation.
We must also ensure that the essential colleges we wish to put the kids into are very engaging. A few of our colleges now have about 200 pupils sitting on the ground in a category. The almajirai will quite favor to return to their casual Tsangaya colleges, sit down on the ground and skim as a result of their academics give consideration to them.
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