Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has mentioned the Almajiri system ubiquitous in northern Nigeria produced among the richest males within the nation together with Africa’s delight, Aliko Dangote; in addition to the founding father of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu; amongst others.
Garba, who spoke on a PUNCH Reside programme over the weekend, additionally mentioned he was as soon as an Almajiri earlier than he acquired Western training.
The Almajiri system includes dad and mom sending their wards to reside with clerics with a view to examine the Qu’ran and Islamic tenets. The system has been massively criticised because the Almajirai usually garbed in soiled garments take to the streets to beg for alms, meals and different primary provides.
Former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, amongst different notable Nigerians, have spoken effusively towards the Almajiri system previously. The ex-governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria believed the Almajiri system was one of many components liable for the poverty price and poor literacy degree within the northern a part of the nation.
Some Almajiri college students have additionally been mentioned to be co-opted into banditry and terror teams like Boko Haram by Islamic fundamentalists and ideological radicalists.
However the former presidential aspirant mentioned the Almajiri system was deliberately a noble thought and had produced some prosperous personalities within the nation.
He, nevertheless, lamented what he described because the ‘contamination’ of your complete system by legal clerics who ship the lads out to commit crimes.
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When requested whether or not the Almajiri system promotes terrorism, Garba mentioned Boko Haram has no reference to the Almajiri system due to the dichotomy between Islamic denominations in northern Nigeria. “So, it is rather unlikely that you’ve an Almajiri man turning into a Boko Haram,” he informed The PUNCH.
Garba additionally mentioned the present Almajiri scenario in northern Nigeria is a failure of the governors of the area whom he claimed uncared for the younger Almajirai.
He mentioned, “Younger ones who’re additionally residents of the nation are speculated to have good healthcare, they’re speculated to have good training, they’re speculated to have good consideration or help from the federal government the place essential. The dad and mom are very poor and so they consider that one of many issues that may liberate their kids is carrying them to a different place to go and examine.
“As a state governor, you need to see this as a chance that that boy that can be left within the bush in a sure village that has no alternative is within the metropolis and now that he’s very near me within the metropolis the place there are primary facilities for him to get pleasure from, why not discover a approach to mainstream him into the academic system after which give him correct healthcare help in order that he can develop and change into extra helpful citizen of the society?
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“In the meantime, the identical Almajiranci setting was a really robust grooming floor for thus many large individuals from the north together with a lot of the most notable households from the north, all of them got here from Almajiri as a result of Almajiranci itself has nothing to do with uncooked examine of Islam; it has every thing to do with finding out companies, advertising, relationship, and life-style.
“In the event you have a look at Dangote, our richest man immediately, his household are Almajirai. In reality, presently, the Dantata household is a kind of supporting the most important Almajiri group in Nigeria. The group has as much as 10,000 Almajiris and the Dantata household nonetheless helps them.
“Isiaka Rabiu, his father was a notable Almajiri. His household was a conventional Almajiri. In reality, his father was a Sheikh of Almajiranci. Till he died, he supported Almajiranci and up until now, they (the household) are nonetheless supporting Almajiranci. So, they (the Almajiri settings) have been in a position to construct kids which have change into international icons. It means there’s worth within the Almajiranci.”
“Once more, in case you go to Kano market, a lot of the wealthy individuals available in the market are Almajiri, they got here by means of Almajiri, they had been in a position to get essential coaching within the Almajiri establishments and so they had been in a position to get to the place they’re.
“However immediately’s Almajirancis have been contaminated as a result of the Malams benefit from these kids: they ship them to commit crimes, generally, they go into drug abuse and change into large criminals within the society. Why? As a result of there isn’t any look after them,” the ex-presidential aspirant famous throughout PUNCH Reside.
Garba opined that the 19 state governments in northern Nigeria ought to dedicate 10 per cent of their price range on training to cater for the welfare of the Almajiri college students. In keeping with him, correct consideration and funding would allow the states overcome among the challenges related to the Almajiri system within the north.