AbdulGafar ALABELEWE, Kaduna; Joel DUKU, Damaturu; Onimisi ALAO, Yola and David ADENUGA, Bauchi
The continuing repatriation of almajirai to their states of origin by some Northern governors has not gone down properly with a number of stakeholders who imagine the governors are getting the idea of almajiri flawed.
The governors blame a lot of the road begging of their states on the almajiri system.
Lots of the repatriated almajirai, particularly these from Kano State, have been identified with COVID-19 on arriving their states of origin.
However reacting to the actions of the governors, stakeholders, who’re primarily proprietors of Quranic faculties, mentioned the actions of the governors have been doing extra hurt to the North and its kids than the nice the governments thought they have been doing.
Malam Sanusi Umar, an Almajiri instructor in Kaduna, described the repatriation of the almajirai as a large injury to the age-long custom of looking for Islamic data.
A lot of his college students have been evacuated by the state authorities.
Umar mentioned: “This factor they (governors) are doing is just not good in any respect. They’re destroying the over one century outdated custom of pursuing Islamic data.
“In actual fact, a few of the governors handed by means of the identical system.
“There may be basis for this technique within the Sunnah (sayings) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The Prophet commanded each Muslim to go and search data, even so far as China.
“So, the kids you see do come from distant in different states to study Islam right here. Others used to go from right here to different locations too.
“I really feel unhealthy as a result of the federal government that’s evacuating these boys and repatriating them has not offered various on how they’ll be given Islamic data desired for them by their dad and mom.
“For me, I’d not have had any drawback with the event if the federal government was able to combine the almajiri faculties into the fundamental schooling system.
“The earlier authorities underneath President Goodluck Jonathan made a transfer by establishing pilot almajiri boarding faculties, however the governors on the state degree didn’t complement that effort.
“Even those established by the Federal Authorities have since collapsed.”
Umar mentioned the evacuation of his college students has not affected him in any method besides that he’s involved about the way forward for the kids, a few of whom he mentioned have potentials to grow to be Islamic students.
He added: “My enchantment to the governors, if they’re as involved as I’m about the way forward for these kids, is that they need to have at the very least 10 specialised faculties for almajirai in every state.
“They need to begin with those repatriated to their states, enroll them, then make use of Islamic lecturers to offer them the data they have been getting from Almajiri faculties and make use of lecturers to offer them typical schooling.”
One other almajiri college proprietor, Malam Mukhtari Abdullahi, puzzled why the governors didn’t interact the almajiri college proprietors in dialogue earlier than clamping down on their college students.
He mentioned the evacuation and repatriation of the Almajiri kids is just not the answer to avenue begging, as it’s not solely the almajirai that beg on the streets.
He mentioned: “To me, Islamic schooling is essential, particularly in Northern Nigeria, and the federal government would have realised now with the variety of almajirai repatriated throughout the states. So, the sooner the federal government takes motion on this, the higher for all.
“The rationale the Almajiri kids exit to beg for alms is as a result of we, as lecturers, and the dad and mom can not afford to cater for them.
“Subsequently, the federal government ought to are available and help the almajiri system, rebuild our amenities and, if want be, improve them by bringing in lecturers to show the kids typical schooling.”
Yola-based Quranic college instructor, Malam Ismail Abu, mentioned educating almajirai is greater than impacting data.
“I get used to those kids a lot that I really feel unhappy every time they need to go upon ending what introduced them right here,” he mentioned, explaining that getting a lot of them to go away at a time at all times offers an enormous psychological blow on him.
“It’s troublesome already. It’s going to be actually unhealthy when all of them are gone if the federal government continues with its plan to ship all of them to their dwelling states,” he mentioned.
Almajiria didn’t import Covid-19 to Nigeria, says Bauchi proprietor
The proprietor of an almajiri college in Bauchi State, Dr. Mohammed Mujtaba, additionally faulted the repatriation of almajirai following the outbreak of coronavirus within the nation.
“This isn’t the fitting time to deport almajiria,” he advised The Nation in Bauchi.
“Relocating them to their dwelling states has contributed to the unfold of the coronavirus. It was a proper choice taking at a flawed time. They need to cease deporting them.
‘’The deportation will certainly have an effect on their livelihood. A few of these almajirai will not be beggars; they’ve menial jobs they interact themselves in.
‘’We the proprietors of sangayya faculties wrote a letter to the Nationwide Meeting for public listening to however we have been ready to get a response when the northern governors took this hasty choice with out consulting stakeholders.
“Come to consider it, it was not the almajirai that introduced the coronavirus into the nation however our leaders. So why ought to they be deported? Is there any provision for them by the federal government?
“We at sangiyya faculties will not be placing out almajirai to be beggars on the streets. We make provisions for them with out gathering a dime when it comes to tuition charges.”
In a separate interview, the proprietor of one other sangayya college within the state, Dr. Muhammad Safiyyu, mentioned: “This conventional Qur’anic system is an historical one which has been in northern Nigeria for greater than eight centuries.
“The lecturers in these faculties have at all times been the financiers of the system. They offer their college students schooling freed from cost and spend cash on feeding them, present them with free lodging in addition to utilizing their rooms free of charge schooling and offering them with the mandatory medical remedy.
‘’The almajirai have chosen for themselves their means livelihood underneath the Qur’anic studying system.
“Their want deserves the appreciation of the federal government in addition to the scholars of the western schooling system, and if the federal government takes care of the western schooling system, it should additionally admire and respect the standard Qur’anic system.”
However the Yobe State Authorities is dealing with the almajiri system otherwise. It’s not repatriating anybody.
For this, the founding father of Goni Yusuf Mai Bututu Tsangaya in Damaturu, Yobe State, Malam Goni Yusuf, is