Almajiri Ban Not Immediate, Says Presidency


By Ayo Kehinde



The Presidency has said the abrogation of the Almajiri Qur’anic educational learning system associated with begging on economic and religious grounds peculiar to some Northern states, remains an objective but there is no immediate ban of it by the Buhari Administration.

The Presidency called for caution in responses to the pronouncements by President Muhammadu Buhari on free and compulsory basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age in Nigeria, during his speech on Thursday, June 20, at the inauguration of the National Economic Council (NEC).

According to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

“The Presidency notes that while the Buhari administration is committed to free and compulsory education as a long-term objective of bringing to an end, the phenomenon of out-of-school children, any necessary ban on Almajiri would follow due process and consultation with relevant authorities.

“Indeed, the Federal government wants a situation where every child of primary school age is in school rather than begging on the streets during school hours.

He said the clarification is necessary to avoid creating panic or a backlash.

He said that free and compulsory primary school education is a requirement of the Nigerian constitution and any individual or group not in compliance with this is violating the law of the land and liable to be punished.

“As many have stated in their views, the Almajiri phenomenon represents a security challenge and a scar on the face of Northern Nigeria,” he added.