ACF backs Governors on Almajirai repatriation

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna


Mouthpiece of Northern Nigeria, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said the repatriation of Almajirai to their respective states of origin is a welcome development, saying the menace of streets begging by Almajiri is retrogressive.

ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe who reacted on behalf of the forum however faulted the approach adopted by the Governors, saying that, their approach was clumsy and uncoordinated.

According to ACF spokesman “The decision to repatriate Almajiris to their states was taken by the Northern Governors Forum and we have no quarrel with that because we don’t believe in the almajirinci system.

“It’s a retrogressive system. We don’t believe in it at all. It’s against the human development of the North and the development of the country. So, the ACF is against the almajiri system.

“So, the decision of the governors to take them to their states of origin and the state to find their families, we totally agree with it. This is because if somebody has given birth to a child, he should be in the position to look after that child and not to throw the child onto the streets.

“We support that decision. But the only problem is with the implementation. The implementation is very clumsy and the governors should sit up and implement in a proper way.

“The Governors are implementing it haphazardly. It is not properly implemented. You can’t just carry the almajiri in your state and without proper coordination with another state and go and drop them in another state and go away.

“If one state is taking them to another state, the state should be alerted accordingly so that the state should make proper arrangement to welcome and trace their parents and take them back to their parents (families),” he said.

ACF however, urged the Northern Governors to sit up and implement the policy properly, without leading to any form of ranchor and misunderstanding among the states.