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Tackle Poverty, Not Almajiri – Okorocha Tells Northern Governors
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Tackle Poverty, Not Almajiri – Okorocha Tells Northern Governors

A former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has faulted northern governors over what he described as the shoddy way they handled the repatriation of Almajirai to their home states. Okorocha said instead of humiliating the Almajirai, the governors, as well as the rich in the region, should have transformed them through education. He said poverty and hunger were the real problems and not the Almajiri system as being viewed by the regional governors. The former governor, now a senator, said this in an interview on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation monitored in Kaduna on Tuesday. According to him, many of the governors and other prominent Northern elite today, were products of the Almajiri system, adding that all the governor needed to do wa...
Kaduna State Government Announces Penalty For Parents Who Enrolls Their Kids Into Almajiri
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Kaduna State Government Announces Penalty For Parents Who Enrolls Their Kids Into Almajiri

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Monday has declared that parents who enrol their children into the Almajiri education system risk prosecution and up to two-year jail term. This declaration was made by the Governor when he visited about 200 Almajiri repatriated from Nasarawa state undergoing rehabilitation at the Government college, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna. The Almajirai are children, usually from poor rural backgrounds, who leave their hometowns to be taught the Quran, but end up loitering the streets with bowls begging for alms and food. Speaking at the rehabilitation center, the Governor said any Islamic cleric who enrols any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted, jailed and fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child. According to El-Rufai, the state has...
Our Region Need Relief For Having 54 Percent Of Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria – Northern Governors
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Our Region Need Relief For Having 54 Percent Of Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria – Northern Governors

Northern States Governors Forum have appealed to the federal government again for relief for the region which according to them, has about 54 percent of the total COVID-19 cases recorded in the country. The appeal was made in a communique issued after the Northern States Governors Forum held a teleconference on Wednesday May 20. Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau state presided over the meeting. The Governors who revealed that they have recorded “appreciable” progress in relocation of Almajiri kids to their home states, said they followed laid-down protocol for “profiling, quarantining, testing, transportation, handing and taking over as well as reintegration”. The communique reads in part; “The Governors also maintained their earlier decision to pu...
35 Almajiri Kids Discharged in Kaduna after Recovering From Coronavirus
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35 Almajiri Kids Discharged in Kaduna after Recovering From Coronavirus

The Kaduna state government has announced that 35 Almajiri who tested positive for Coronavirus, have been discharged after recovering from the disease. In a tweet shared on the state government's official Twitter handle, it was gathered that the kids were discharged after their successful treatment at an Isolation facility in the state. They also tested negative twice for the virus. Kaduna state now has  47 active cases of COVID-19, with four fatalities recorded. A total of 63 patients have also been discharged. Read the tweets below;
“You Have Betrayed Almajirai After Using Them To Get Power” – PDP To Buhari, APC
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“You Have Betrayed Almajirai After Using Them To Get Power” – PDP To Buhari, APC

The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the All Progressives Congress of betraying Almajiri and Nigeria’s poor and vulnerable after using them to grab power in 2015. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, said this in a statement in Abuja, on Monday. The party noted that the APC and its regime had continued to show their true colours especially as manifested in the neglect and dehumanising treatment they had meted out to poor and vulnerable Nigerians since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement read in part, “The PDP notes that APC’s disdain and desertion of our citizens had further exposed it as a deceitful party which used lies, propaganda and false promises to mislead the peopl...
COVID-19: 200 almajiri youths arrested in Kwara
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COVID-19: 200 almajiri youths arrested in Kwara

Operatives of the Kwara State Police Command, Saturday, intercepted about 200 almajiri youths at Kanbi- Oloru axis of Bode-Saadu-Okoolowo express way in the Moro Local Government Area of the state. Acting on a tipoff, the police intercepted a lorry with registration number Kaduna MKA 54 XL, driven by one Shehu Hashiru of Manigi in Niger State said to be coming from Funtua in Katsina State. A statement in Ilorin by the spokesman of the command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun instructed that “the lorry and the 200 almajiri youths be escorted by fully armed policemen to the border of Niger and Kwara States from where they claimed to have come.” The command also solicited the cooperation of residents of border communities in the state to...
Northern Governors Ready To Confront Anyone Opposed To Ending Almajiri – El-Rufai
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Northern Governors Ready To Confront Anyone Opposed To Ending Almajiri – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Wednesday said the 19 Northern governors in the country have collectively agreed on putting an end to the Almajiri system in the country and are ready to face anyone who dares to stand on their path in realising this objective. Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’, El-Rufai said the almajiri culture system is archaic and has led to any positive result both for the Northern region and Nigeria as a whole. According to him, though the northern governors have been looking for a way to end the menace, the COVID-19 pandemic has given them the golden opportunity to make it a reality as the system has become a scourge which is capable of mortgaging the future of youths and creating problems for modern generation. “What the...
Interstate Movement Of Almajiri Violating Buhari’s Order – Boss Mustapha
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Interstate Movement Of Almajiri Violating Buhari’s Order – Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has said that the continuous relocation of almajiri pupils from one state to another, up till Sunday is not in alignment with the guidelines issued by President Muhammadu Buhari banning inter-state movement amidst COVID-19 crisis in the country. The President had banned interstate movement from Monday May 4 as part of measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Mustapha, who made the complaint on Monday in Abuja at the 25th joint national briefing of the committee, assured that the PTF will engage with the respective state governments on how to achieve their objectives. “​The PTF has also received reports on the level of compliance with the nationwi...
I Won’t Relent Until The Last Almajiri Is Relocated From Plateau – Lalong
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I Won’t Relent Until The Last Almajiri Is Relocated From Plateau – Lalong

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, says, he won’t relent on his efforts until the last Almajiri is relocated to their state of origin to help fight the spread of covid-19 in the state. The governor disclosed this on Thursday in a state wide broadcast on the continuation of the total lockdown imposed over coronavirus pandemic in the state. “The profiling and return of Almajiris has commenced and shall continue until the last Almajiri is relocated. On 26th April 2020, the first batch of 279 Almajiris were evacuated. Out of this number, 243 were sent home to their States of Bauchi, Kano and Kaduna, while 36 were sent to their Local Governments of Wase and Kanam. Lalong while addressing the state noted that his government was fully aware of the hardship the citizens in th...
COVID-19: Jigawa Receives 524 Almajiri Pupils Evacuated From Kano
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COVID-19: Jigawa Receives 524 Almajiri Pupils Evacuated From Kano

The Jigawa Government has received a total of 524 Almajiri pupils evacuated by neighbouring Kano State. Receiving the pupils at Gen. Yakubu Gowon NYSC Camp in Dutse, the state Gov. Muhammad Badaru said the pupils would undergo medical screening, before handover to their respective parents. Badaru said that accommodation and feeding arrangements had been made for the pupils until they would be declared safe to reunite with their parents. He said that the gesture was aimed at ensuring that the pupils would be healthy to mingle with people in their respective communities. Earlier, Mr Sunusi Kiru, the Kano State Commissioner for Education, who led the evacuation team, gave the assurance that the pupils underwent thorough medical screening before the evacuation. The News Agen...
COVID-19: Northern Governors Insist On Banning Almajiri System
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COVID-19: Northern Governors Insist On Banning Almajiri System

The Northern Governors’ Forum has insisted that the Almajiri system in the region be banned. The governors stated this on Tuesday while discussing the region’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting, which was the second of its kind, was presided over by its Chairman, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and convened via teleconferencing with 17 participating governors. According to Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut, the governors discussed COVID-19 test centres within the region and noted some improvement but insisted that all states in the region should have at least one centre in order to make the detection of the disease and its management easier and faster. The statement read in part, “On border control and lockdown measures, the ...
Almajiri Is Our Pride, I Disagree With Sanusi, Emir Of Kano – Adamu Garba
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Almajiri Is Our Pride, I Disagree With Sanusi, Emir Of Kano – Adamu Garba

Almajiri is a system of Islamic education practiced in northern Nigeria. Almajiri derives from an Arabic word, rendered "al-Muhajirun" in English literal translation, meaning a person who leaves his home in search of Islamic knowledge. Underaged children are mostly the victims they begged and cater for themselves at an early age Some at age 5 Almajiranci is our pride and our honor. Yes! we agreed that the program should be reformed but it should not be condemned. No sane society will destroy its culture but seek to reform. All advanced countries value their heritage, why not us? I disagree with Emir of Kano on this. It’s God’s destiny that children are birthed to their specific parents & it’s their responsibility to shape the vision of who their child might grow to be T...
Governor El-rufai Pledges To Sponsor Education Of Almajiri Boy Who Doesn’t Beg
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Governor El-rufai Pledges To Sponsor Education Of Almajiri Boy Who Doesn’t Beg

Kaduna State Governor has pledged to sponsor the Education of an Almajiri boy who instead of begging for alms like his counterparts do, decided to make a living from shining shoes. The 13-year-old Usman, who’s an Almajiri from Maiduguri, said he ventured into the business of Shoe shining because he doesn’t like begging; and that he’s out of school because he doesn’t have a sponsor. Usman’s story was posted by a Twitter user with username @el_bonga, and from there the Governor read about him. El Bonga’s twitter post goes as thus; This is 13-year-old Usman, an Almajiri boy from Maiduguri. Because he doesn’t like to beg, he learnt how to shine and repair shoes from his brother where he earns an average of N500 a day. When I asked him about school, he said: “even if I want to scho...
Insecurity: FG Moves To Ban Almajiri System
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Insecurity: FG Moves To Ban Almajiri System

The NSA disclosed this during a joint press briefing on the outcome of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja. The federal government is considering proscribing the Almajiri system to address the rising insecurity in the country, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has said. Monguno briefed journalists alongside the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Adamawa Governor, Ahmadu Fintri, Anambra, Willie Obiano and Ondo Rotimi Akeredolu. Monguno said: “It is very important to proscribe certain groups ultimately running around under the guise of maybe getting some kind of education that is not really formal and then begin to cause a lot of problems for society. “Ultimately, gover...
Disheartening Condition Of A 7yrs Old Boy Whose Eyes Were Plucked Out By Ritualists
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Disheartening Condition Of A 7yrs Old Boy Whose Eyes Were Plucked Out By Ritualists

A 7-year-old boy, Maina Bukar was kidnapped by suspected ritualist on Saturday 17/3/2018 at Ngomari Kare Kili area of Borno state. The little boy who is a SanG.aya Student popularly known as Almajiri, was abducted and had his eyes plucked out by his captor. According to the boy’s father who narrated what happened, the boy was asked to bring water for ablution by the suspected ritualist, he kindly did as directed. He was again asked to escort the ritualist to a nearby village. He obeyed, and was taken to the bush where he was asked to wait in the bush while the suspect excuse himself to urinate. He then came back and told the poor boy that he would slaughter him. The boy reportedly replied him saying; ” Don’t slaughter me because my teacher would not leave me”. He then tied the boy...
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Has Nigeria’s President Not Built Even A Nursery School, As Jonathan Aide Claimed?

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has not built a single institution of learning, a former aide to his predecessor recently tweeted this to his 300,000 followers.   “In his first year in office, Jonathan built 9 federal universities and 78 Almajiri schools. In 2 and a half years in power, Buhari has not even built one nursery school,” wrote Reno Omokri, who worked for ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.   How accurate are the two claims in his tweet? Africa Check contacted Omokri for the source of his claim, but he is yet to respond. (Note: We will update this report should he do so).   Jonathan took office in May 2010 following the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua. In November 2010, his government decided to establish nine federal universities – one ...
Strange Illness Kills 3 In Sokoto
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Strange Illness Kills 3 In Sokoto

The Sokoto State government has confirmed three deaths, including two students, following a strange illness that occurred in two neighbouring houses at Mabera in the state A mechanic and father of five, one Malam Abdullahi Lawal, 58, died as a result of a severe headache, convulsion, and bleeding from the eye on Nov. 11. Two students, who were neighbours to the deceased, Bello Aminu, 15, and Nasiru Kamba, 14 also died at Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto on Monday after exhibiting similar symptoms. Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the Deputy Director Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abbas Aliyu, confirmed the three deaths noting that preliminary investigation conducted by some doctors, suspected malaria as the cause for the deaths. Aliyu said a...
Jonathan, From Beginning, Was Too Small For The Presidency – Obasanjo
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Jonathan, From Beginning, Was Too Small For The Presidency – Obasanjo

ABUJA — Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan from his first days as President showed he  was too small for the office, saying he, Obasanjo, acted more as an opponent of Jonathan than a supporter of Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 presidential poll. Ex President Jonathan and Gen. Obasanjo (Rtd) Obasanjo, who said Jonathan deceived him that he would not give Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke the petroleum portfolio in his cabinet was deceived into believing that he could use money to buy the 2015 presidential election. Obasanjo in the book, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria, written by former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, also revealed that Jonathan was gripped by the fear that Buhari, as...
“Everything That Is Normal In The World Is Not Normal In Nigeria” – Emir Sanusi
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“Everything That Is Normal In The World Is Not Normal In Nigeria” – Emir Sanusi

"When Jaiz bank came up with the idea of getting a license for the operation of the bank, they proposed the funding of the bank’s capital with interest and I said no, you can’t fund a non-interest bank with interest. The required amount to be issued license was N5 billion at that time and they had only N1 billion. I took my phone and called one of the richest men in Africa who is a Nigerian and a Muslim. I told him that N5 billion is needed for an Islamic bank to start operation and the founders have N1 billion, and he instantly agreed and issued a cheque of 4 billion. That is how the license was issued. Some Nigerians thought the introduction of Islamic banking in the country was a move to Islamize Nigeria. No at all, everything that is normal in the world is not normal in Nigeria. ...
APC, A Ruling Party In Opposition – PDP
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APC, A Ruling Party In Opposition – PDP

March 31, 2017 Re: Nigerians Have Not Forgotten The PDP Years Of The Locust…APC, A Ruling Party In Opposition - PDP We read with amusement and utter dismay the APC statement in response to our patriotic assessment of its lackluster performance in the last two years. 2. While we have no time to dwell on the internal leadership issues within the PDP in order not to fulfill the desires and aspirations of the APC, we wish to however remind the ‘ruling Party in opposition’ that Nigerians are also aware of the meddlesomeness of the APC in the current leadership issues in the PDP. 3. It has been two years since the ‘Ruling Party in opposition’ took over power in May 2015 and all the APC has done since assumption of office is complaining and whining, instead of governance and deliverin...